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Trish in Monroe

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I am thinking of following the recommended reading list for 3rd year grammar stage. The first literature books are Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels..... am I supposed to read unabridged to them? Seems like a stretch for comprehension at 2nd and 3rd grade. Should I look for an abridged version for them to read independently? Any recommendations?

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Under the titles in my WTM book it says "An ilustrated retelling suitable for 3rd and 4th grade readers" in italics.  I have missed these comments in the book lists before myself.  I would go with some kind of abridged version. Maybe someone can suggest one.

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I got the Dover Thrift Children's version of Crusoe and the Classic Starts version of Gulliver's. The idea is to get them familiar with the story, so when they read the grown up version in the future, it doesn't seem so daunting.

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If you have a good library and can search by tltle and filter to "Juvenile," you might be able to see a few abridged versions with illustrations. These books tend to be a bit harder sell for my kids (maybe I'm alone), so I generally get the ones available, make sure none is absolutely horrible, and let them vote which we read. (And yes, even with the abridged version, I usually end up doing it as a read-aloud at this level.)

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