Classic Children’s Books: Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson weaves a teenage boy’s experiences and adventures in an un-put-down-able story. If your kids loved Captain Jack Sparrow, they’ll love this classic.
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Often touted as a ‘boys’ book, ‘Treasure Island’ is replete with pirates, ships, fights, maps, treasure chests, exotic locations, buried gold and everything else that would appeal to the adventurous spirit of young boys.
A young boy, Jim Hawkins, narrates his tales of adventure along a journey to a remote island in search of hidden treasure. Jim helps his parents run an inn and a series of events lead to a treasure map – and the death of his father. Jim and his companions, Squire Trelawney and Dr. Livesey, set out on the treasure hunt along with a few others.
Unfortunately, their crew includes a group of pirates led by the dangerous and evil Captain Long John Silver, who spins a plot to kill Jim and his group. A bloody fight ensues between the two gangs on the ship as well as the island. A marooned sailor on the island already knows the treasure’s secret location. Jim is now faced with the challenge of using his wit to save both his life and the treasure.
Whom should he trust? Who will finally get to take home the treasure? The narrative runs like a hard-core action movie with a lot of suspense and drama thrown in.
Why Your Kids Will Love It
This pirate saga is best enjoyed by older children and pre-teens who can read it at leisure. The characters, however fantastical they may be, seem life-like and very ‘there’. The fast-paced action and adventure make ‘Treasure Island’ a compelling page-turner.
Some passages however, may need parental guidance. The language is a tad difficult to understand and high on old-world pirate slang and metaphors – the glossary and a dictionary would come in handy.
Why You Will Love It
Owing to its fine use of language and literary style, ‘Treasure Island’ has been included in most school curricula. The novel offers a fair dose of moral lessons on virtue, courage and the likes, as well as a historical peek into 18th Century England.
Despite that, the book can readily be devoured for sheer entertainment value. Reading and understanding the book is as much a challenge as a thrilling experience – it is a superb read for people across all age groups.
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