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The Swiss Family Robinson (original 1812; edition 2011)

by Johann David Wyss

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Title:The Swiss Family Robinson
Authors:Johann David Wyss
Info:Simon & Brown (2011), Paperback, 348 pages
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3.5 stars

This is the story of the family (mom, dad, and four boys) who were shipwrecked on a deserted island and how they managed to survive.

It was entertaining, but not believable. The father knew everything about everything, and pretty much everything went right. Every animal they came across they were able to kill or capture for some kind of use – food, eggs, pets, or something else. Not only that, there was quite an international variety of plants and animals: hyena, ostrich, kangaroo, lion, penguin, walrus, boa, pineapple and much more... Overall, I thought it was still enjoyable, but one has to be able to suspend reality. I did (mostly) like the ending. ( )
  LibraryCin | Aug 3, 2014 |
This book is about a family who gets shipwrecked. They take refuge on the shore of an island and hope someone comes to rescue them. Eventually they decide to begin making a home for themselves. The boys help their father create an amazing tree house. The family spends their days adventuring around the island and their nights playing music and dancing! The littlest brother is my favorite because he likes to catch and train wild animals on the island. The older brothers go off to explore the other part of the island and end up saving a girl (who they think is a boy at first). The brothers vie for her attention and both develop crushes on her. In the end they are rescued by the girls grandfather, but all but one brother choses to stay on the island and continue living the dream life! ( )
  azlanshae | Jun 2, 2014 |
Nowadays, a work such as The Swiss Family Robinson would be considered an unacceptable rip-off of Robinson Crusoe. What is puzzling still is what lends it the status of a classic, if not its apparently staggering sales.

Devoid of originality, what more (except for sales) does a book need to become a classic. Presently, both Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson are mainly read, whether or not in adapted editions as children's books. The latter was intended to be a book for children, while the former was not. It is difficult to assess whether youth would consider Defoe's novel distressing or difficult to understand.

From a pedagogical point of view, that is to say, children would probably learn more words and concepts from The Swiss Family Robinson as the author deliberately enriched it with vocabulary, referring to various plants and animals, which could not have lived together on a island as described.

Where the island of Robinson Crusoe would appear alien and dangerous, the island of The Swiss Family Robinson would seem familiar, surroundings essentially not much different from the reader's home surroundings. Both Robinsons were happy to get shipwrecked with some supplies and tools they could salvage from the wreck, but in the case of the The Swiss Family Robinson they were able to salvage so much and so many essentially luxury items that their experience on the island is not very distressing. The same attention for luxury is expressed in the idea of constructing a spiral staircase in their shelter (p. 162) and preparing a meal of caviare (p. 176). ( )
  edwinbcn | May 4, 2014 |
I dunno...I know the purpose of the book was to teach kids and people how to survive in the wild, and maybe I'd find it more interesting as an adult, but it was so dry! I liked the movie better :-D ( )
  CallMeChristina | Mar 23, 2014 |
This book caught my attention right away with the scene of a ship going down at sea. This books tells about the family on this ship (I never quite figured out how they got there...maybe I missed it.) who survives not only the ship wreck but life on a deserted island. After only the first chapter I was bothered by the fathers constant advice...or nagging about everything the boys did. It got a overwhelming at times and I admit to scanning some pages because of the fathers incessant lectures. I like stories of survival and I like the idea of a family working together - but Dad...lay off! ( )
  JenWinans | Mar 16, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wyss, Johann Davidprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wyss, Johann Rudolfmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dietz, NormanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, JeanneIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gentleman, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janeway, ElizabethAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kingston, William H.G.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miller, J. HillisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peake, MervynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For many days we had been tempest-tossed.
The tempest had lasted six long and terrible days.
The storm had lasted for six days - and even then, far from subsiding, it seemed to gather even greater fury. (Audrey Butler version)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451529618, Mass Market Paperback)

The 200th Anniversary Edition of The Swiss Family Robinson

Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Thus begins the classic story of survival and adventure that has fired the imaginations of readers since it first appeared in 1812. With optimism and boundless enthusiasm, the Robinson family undertakes the extraordinary task of constructing a home for themselves and exploring the primitive island filled with strange and beautiful creatures and exotic fruits and plants. Rich in action and suspense, this exhilarating novel takes us to a faraway place of danger and beauty, where the courageous Robinson family embarks on a thrilling new life of adventure and discovery.

 

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Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.

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