Robert Louis Stevenson
For enrichment last month, we read Robert Louis Stevenson for poetry. Wow! I loved his children's poems because they were so innocent and sweet and true. The author must have retained his youthful imagination his whole life. We read numerous poems from A Child's Garden of Verses.
Then for literature - and sticking with our nautical/explorer theme - the obvious choice was Treasure Island. This was my first introduction to the children's classic. (Now I know where Long John Silver comes from!) This was not as exciting for me as it was for my kids. I appreciated the rich vocabulary, and the plot reminded me of Charles Dickens' style of twists and knots, which was acceptable to a degree; but I was confused at times. (My kids had to explain it to me.) Nonetheless, the content was agreeable to my kids, and they were interested in the plight and condition of the characters and the direction of the plot.
Most people already know the story of Treasure Island; hence I am more interested in proclaiming that reading it to my children was an absolute success. They loved it. This story is perfect for young imaginative minds, drawn to adventure and danger. It was truly exciting for them.
|Long John Silver leading the hostage Jim Hawkins, |