The Enduring Legacy of Treasure Island: Background information when reading Zebra Forest

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Zebra Forest

by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Zebra Forest
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    Apr 2013, 208 pages
    Sep 2014, 208 pages

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The Enduring Legacy of Treasure Island

In Zebra Forest, Annie and Rew love the book Treasure Island. Rich with symbols, the story allows the kids to create their own adventures in the woods behind their home.

Writer and critic Gilbert Keith Chesterton wrote of Robert Louis Stevenson in his 1902 publication Twelve Types: A Collection of Mini-Biographies:

"... he had to make one story as rich as a ruby sunset, another as grey as a hoary monolith: for the story was the soul, or rather the meaning, of the bodily vision. It is quite inappropriate to judge 'The Teller of Tales' (as the Samoans called him) by the particular novels he wrote…These novels were only the two or three of his soul's adventures that he happened to tell. But he died with a thousand stories in his heart."

Treasure Island was one of those "particular novels." While Stevenson may have written many more before dying from tuberculosis complications at the young age of 44, Treasure Island was a pivotal one. It became the iconic pirate story, and ...

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