Rudyard Kipling was, in my opinion, one of the best writers to ever wield a pen in English. His prose is almost like poetry, yet so filled with life that never once does his writing become more interesting than the story it tells. All his books, stories and poems are truly the stuff of greatness, and Captains Courageous is no exception.
We open with a spoiled rich boy being swept off the deck of a luxury ocean liner and into the sea. Luckily, young Harvey Cheyne is rescued by a passing fishing vessel.
As it turns out, his apparent misfortune in tumbling from a life of pampered luxury into the humble company of a fishing schooner becomes a blessing. Compelled by the captain to earn his keep, Harvey loses his affectations as he learns the rewards of an honest day’s labor amid the gruff and hearty companionship of the crewmen. They teach him to be worth his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.
This is Kipling’s only novel to unfold in an American setting, and, like his others, it is packed with his humor and sense of adventure.
A great book for Grade 5 and up.