This Literature Unit Is:
Gulliver in Lilliput
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) is often considered one the world's greatest satirists. His essay, "A Modest Proposal," is satire at its best (A Grades 8-12 Literature Unit here). Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, more commonly known as Gulliver's Travels is his satiric masterpiece.
Gulliver's Travels is a great story and often abridged for younger audiences. In its full form it is high satire and though Swift was often criticizing the England of his day it can be read without knowing those historical events. This story, like all classics, transcends its time period and is as relevant today as it was in 1726 when it was first published.
Gulliver in Lilliput is an excellent retelling of Part I of Gulliver's Travels. The illustrations by Kimberly Buldken Root are great and Margaret Hodges' retelling is an excellent choice for younger readers.
Edition I Use: Gulliver in Lilliput, Holiday House
ISBN: 0823413039 / $6.95 / paperback / 30 pages
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