Captains Courageous *****
by Rudyard Kipling
Overview: Harvey falls off the deck of his luxery ocean liner, presumed dead by his family, and is later rescued by a small fishing boat. No one on the boat believes that his father is a millionaire, and they refuse to abandon their whole season of fishing to take him ashore. So, he has to learn how to work and get along with others for the first time in his life.
Positive elements: Harvey learns so many lessons about the value of work, friendship, and team work. The descriptions are amazing. I felt like I was out in the middle of the ocean on a fishing boat.
Negative elements: I skipped over one small part about a dead body being found. The story is funny and important, but I left out some of the grisly details when I read it aloud. You also read of fisherman dying, but nothing is graphic or inappropriate...and none are main characters who you care too much about either.
Conclusion: Our whole family enjoyed this old classic. You really love all of the characters. The end of the book slowed down a bit. The last two chapters wrap-up the story and were too boring for the kids. Besides that, it was a great read.