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Robinson Crusoe in Words of One Syllable

Robinson Crusoe in Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin
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Robinson Crusoe is a book that tells the tale of a man who is marooned on a desert isle. He must use his wits to stay alive and find a way to leave the isle. The writing in the book is simple and easy to follow, making it a good read for readers of all ages. There are many moments of suspense and adventure that keep the reader engaged throughout the story. Overall, Robinson Crusoe is a classic adventure tale that is sure to captivate readers and leave them with a sense of wonder and excitement.

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Mary Godolphin was the pseudonym of Lucy Aikin who undertook translating great literature into single-syllable words so that young readers could enjoy plots that were considerably more interesting than, say, the McGuffey readers of the 1880’s or the “Dick and Jane” primers of the 1950s (still around today as “decodable readers” in elementary schools). She produced this volume based on Daniel Defoe’s most famous work, considered by many to be the first English novel (1719). She also rendered Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress and Wyss’ Swiss Family Robinson, which she translated as well.


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