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  1. Jenny
    Jenny January 5, 2010 at 9:00 am |

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never read either of these. I don’t know why; I love adventurey go-to-sea-type books. When I was a kid I read The Swiss Family Robinson but never any Robert Louis Stevenson. Need to remedy that!

  2. Amanda
    Amanda January 5, 2010 at 10:41 am |

    I read Kidnapped a few years back and didn’t enjoy it much, despite having enjoyed some of Stevenson’s adult works a lot. I figured Treasure Island would be a lot like Kidnapped so I never bothered to read it. Maybe I should.

  3. Steph
    Steph January 5, 2010 at 11:32 am |

    I actually read Treasure Island for school when I was 12 or 13! I didn’t really love it, though… I think I found it boring, which seems strange, I realize, but it’s true! I seem to recall that I felt the language was archaic and that really hindered my enjoyment… but maybe that’s something I’ve just concocted over the years? I did have a collection of RLS’s poetry that I read when I was younger and I remember enjoying that a good deal, so you might want to look into that if you feel like exposing your son to some poetry when he’s young. My grandmother and I would read through the poems together when I was quite little!

  4. Aarti
    Aarti January 5, 2010 at 11:39 am |

    I’ve never read any Stevenson. I think I have a version of Treasure Island, but I’m not sure if it’s complete. I think I started reading it and didn’t finish. I’m not really big

  5. Aarti
    Aarti January 5, 2010 at 11:40 am |

    sorry- not really big on adventure stories, except for my Choose Your Own Adventure phase!

  6. claire
    claire January 5, 2010 at 1:12 pm |

    Loved your post! Thanks for the reminder that I must read Treasure Island and Kidnapped, both, soon! I’m familiar with the stories, due to abridged versions, comic book versions, etc, as a child, but have never really read the complete versions. I adored Robinson Crusoe so am sure I’ll love them. You’re so cute, reading Robinson Crusoe to your baby. :)

  7. Heather J.
    Heather J. January 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm |

    Treasure Island was one of my comfort reads in middle school. I don’t know when I first discovered it but it was one I checked out from the library again and again. I’m hoping to read it with Kiddo one day.

  8. Emily
    Emily January 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm |

    Like you, I didn’t read either of these as a kid, but I did discover Treasure Island as an adult and was surprised how thoroughly I enjoyed it! I have nothing against sea-going tales but I have no particular predilection for them either, which I think is why I was so slow to pick up Stevenson. But the characters and the plot were both amply developed to keep my interest. I agree; it’s a total classic!

  9. Lindsey
    Lindsey January 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm |

    I read Treasure Island in elementary school, although I think I may have read a children’s classic version that had updated language. I was only in third or fourth grade, so I don’t think it was the real thing. I loved the story though. It was fun and it made me want to be a pirate. We went went to Disney World soon afterward, and I LOVED the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. This makes me want to reread it though, since I don’t think I read the real version. And I want to read other Defoe works as well.

  10. Eva
    Eva January 6, 2010 at 7:55 am |

    I’ve been wanting to read Treasure Island forever now, but your post has totally motivated me! :D

  11. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid January 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm |

    Jenny I’m doing Swiss Family Robinson right now!!

    Amanda, I thought they were very different in feel. I think Treasure Island is more child-like, even if there are a few big bad pirates killed. Kidnapped just felt dark from the beginning to me. And very political.

    Steph, Oh I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it because of the archaic language, since I just gave it to my nephew! Ah well, he’ll just think of me as the not cool aunt. I enjoy Stevenson’s poetry very much too!

    Aarti, I’m not that big on adventure stories either, but I ended up enjoying this one quite a bit.

    claire, well, i figured he was playing and I wanted to read, so why not read to him? lol. That was the last huge book, because it took about three months. Waaaay too long. But he still finds it on the shelf and brings it to me, babbling in excitement. He recognizes it after so long, a little every day! Even though he won’t remember the story, he knows I read it to him!

    Heather J., I think I would have loved this in middle school. My middle school read was Peter Pan. I read it about 15 times in sixth grade.

    Emily, I’m glad you discovered it too! I’m not sure I’m drawn to sea-faring tales either, but my project had a chapter dedicated to them, so there you go. I’m getting my fill :)

    Lindsey, I didn’t find the language out-of-date, but I do read a lot of classics. Stevenson did write it with kids in mind. Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is much harder to read, much longer, and technically an adult novel (although in Victorian times, kids read it all the time!).

    Eva, yeay! It’s pretty short. You probably would read it in an hour or two! Enjoy!

  12. Eva
    Eva January 7, 2010 at 7:29 am |

    Really?! I didn’t realise how short it was. Hmmm….as soon as I’m in a swashbuckling mood, I’m going to grab it. :D

  13. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid January 7, 2010 at 7:54 am |

    I read it in three sittings (as I was falling asleep at night) and it probably was 2 1/2 hours that way. But I know you read fast. I guess my copy is 150 pages. So maybe longer than an hour.

  14. Ladytink_534
    Ladytink_534 January 11, 2010 at 4:58 am |

    I haven’t read Kidnapped yet but I read Treasure Island for the first time last year or the year before I believe and I really, really loved it. Long John Silver is such a good character.

  15. Jacqueline rankin
    Jacqueline rankin June 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm |

    I wish people would not tell to much about a book. I was in the middle of reading this great book. after reading what everyone said i have put the book down and moved on to a new on. things you say on this site makes mothers not want to read when you know whats going to happen. when your kid says whats going to happen next and you know and dont tell then its a LIE thats not a happy feeling at all . and reading a book is why i do it…..

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