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I was asked introduce Literature to a group of children ages 5 and 6 This is pretty much a condensed and easily understandable version of this story The year is 1866 and ships all over the world are being damaged by a mysterious creature Scientists believe it to be a giant Narwhal This creature is reported to be quite fast impossible to catch and impossible to destroy So Captain Farragut decided to put that theory to the test He outfitted the fastest ship in the American fleet The Abraham Lincoln with the most powerful weaponry possible and employed the service of an expert whaler Ned Land to go forth and destroy the monster that terrorized the oceans But Ned Land was not the only individual invited to participate in the expedition Monsieur Pierre Aronnax a professor of Marine Biology and expert on creatures of the ocean depths along with his faithful servant Conseil was asked to attend the expedition to chronicle the possible discovery of a new species of marine life Four months passed without any sighting of the mysterious creature The Abraham Lincoln scoured every nautical mile between New York and Japan without any luck Then on the night of November 5 Ned Land who was standing watch shouted that he could see the creature The Abraham Lincoln attacked But its cannonballs only bounced off the creatures hide Ned Land attempted to spear the creature with a harpoon with the same result Suddenly the creature turned to attack and rammed the ship Ned Land and Professor Aronnax fell overboard while Conseil jumped in to rescue his master All attempted to swim back to the ship but it was too far away and could not assist them They spent a restless night taking turns sleeping and trying to keep the others afloat They awoke to the sensation of bumping against something It was the creature Upon closer inspection however they discovered that it was
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