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Comments The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear: 04/27/05

Sean has taken a new liking to a book he's had for a while, The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. We had to read it quite a few times last night. Fortunately it's rather short. I think he likes the threat of the bear and the deep booming voice Ian uses when the narrator is describing the bear.

Abridged Books:

I was skimming through a copy of Robinson Crusoe I had gotten via Book Crossing and realized that it was abridged. It only focused on Crusoe's first mishap on the island where he meets "Friday." There's a wee bit of a coda that hints at the travels Crusoe has through the "civilized" world (some alone and some with Friday) but most of this bit of the book is missing. Without this second half of the book it's impossible to see Crusoe's growth as a character to come to accept Friday as an equal.

I had been fortunate enough to first read an 1880s edition of the story, a massive volume. I should have been suspicious of this slim volume. If most of the modern versions of the story stop shortly after Crusoe is rescued off the island, it's not surprising that the average person thinks that's all there is to the story! I did find one in print version that appears to be the full text (also annotated).

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