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The Swiss Family Robinson (Everyman's Library CHILDREN'S CLASSICS) Hardcover – 6 Oct 1994

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Childrens Classics; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857159330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857159332
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 16 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This new series of Illustrated Chosen Classics is a collection of the world's most famous stories, especially retold for children.

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Johann Wyss (1743–1818) was a Swiss pastor who is best remembered for his book The Swiss Family Robinson. It is said that he was inspired by Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, but wanted to write a story from which his own children would learn, as the father in the story taught important lessons to his children. The Swiss Family Robinson was first published in 1812 and translated into English two years later. It has since become one of the most popular books of all time. The book was edited by his son, Johann Rudolf Wyss, a scholar who wrote the Swiss national anthem. Another son, Johann Emmanuel Wyss, illustrated the book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T. Gardener on 8 April 2011
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Well this was an unexpected treat. I was expecting a sort of Disney type fairytale, about a family living in a treetop cabin, having fun and playing games all day.

Instead this book contains a very strict set of morals and character building exercise within the framework of the story.

A family of husband and wife and 4 boys are marooned on a desert island. There is a certain amount of poetic license as the island contains hundreds of animals and plants, not normally seen together.

At times their need to survive is quite bloody, and more than one animal and bird finds itself despatched to the cooking pot. They are rather free with their rifles.

It is an enjoyable book, made the more so by the language of the day, which if a little flowery gives a sense of the time, and isolation they were living in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mole on 19 Feb. 2011
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This is the original story, of a family that are shipwrecked, and have to survive on a deserted island. The plot is fairly simple and takes the reader through the various activities that the family undertakes. It's split into two parts; the first being the first four years of isolation until they are discovered by a passing ship. The second part covers the years after that.

I would suggest that many people have seen the Disney film based upon this story. The tree house, the variety of animals and the pioneering nature of the family will be familiar. However, the Disney scriptwriters did make some key alterations.

I agree that there are many sections where the author seems overly keen to elaborate just how many animals they kill in order to provide food, but that is probably just an example of the thinking of the day. However, it also highlights how with a little hard work and perseverance, people can build a satisfying lifestyle for themselves.

The book is fairly easy to read, and could be enjoyed by people of most ages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. McIntosh on 4 Jan. 2011
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I have watched the film many times but I have never read the book (I am 55).
I saw it was free on Kindle & thought 'Why Not?
I'm glad I did. Well written. Easy reading. Beats the film hands down.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is my all time favourite it is packed full of discoveries and survival. It is about a family who get shipwrecked on an island which they build homes and grow; and hunt for their own food. In every chapter something happens from finding new and wonderful creatures, being chased by a poisonous snake and being attacked by savages. If I was you I'd give this book a whirl as it is full of imagination and adventure. I'm sure you'll enjoy this book as much as I do!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M-A+ on 17 Mar. 2013
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A classic wholesome tale of adventure, survival and discovery; though quite dated, now, the style of the journal writing rewards the patient reader...but scorns the impatient ones, desperate for heightened exhilaration. It's is a good read for readings' sake.
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This is a story most of us have heard, seen or read, about a shipwrecked family being able to create a new homestead on a desert island. The island has everything they could need from animals, plants, even rubber trees to make rubber boots!
It's not the best worded / plotted book, there is more a moralizing attitude of the pastor father to use every occassion to instruction his four sons. But it's fun to see the family exploring, inventing solutions and domesticating animals for their greater comfort.

The problem with the edition is that it stops short, like in the middle of literally nowhere! I only learned afterward there a 'various' edited versions. This one apparently leaves things out and doesn't have a finish. For instance they never meet anyone else, they apparently just stay another year on the island never sailing... too bad, sort of leaves you with a hunger to read another more complete version. Otherwise this is a very nice solid edition, printed in China, maybe they forgot some material?
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
This is about a family from Switzerland who are shipwrecked and have to survive on their wits. They manage because of sufficient food, provided they catch it or hunt it first, and a can-do attitude. The boys are the main focus of the tale and they observe a lot about nature, no time for sentimentality, although one does keep a little rock pool fishtank to watch for enjoyment. Their father keeps the group together and the mother is a quiet type.

I don't recall it as being wonderfully exciting or endearing, but as a survival in the wild tale it has much to recommend it. Better for boys than girls.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mehajabeen Farid on 29 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
`Swiss Family Robinson' is a Ladybird Children's Classic book, which is a series of books; the collection includes Around the World in Eighty Days, The Happy Prince and Other Stories and Tales from the Jungle Book. Obviously, this book is in it too. It is quite well known and loved. Here is a brief analysis of it.

Characters
The main characters are the family of course: the unnamed man, his wife, their children (Francis, Jack, Ernest and Fritz), and their dog Turk.

Settings
The first setting is at sea, a rough, stormy sea, and the second setting is on an island, full of birds and animals; it also had some wonderful, colourful, beautiful plants! How will they survive on this island with a limited amount of (salty) food?

Rating and recommendation
I would rate this book 9/10 and would recommend it to all children who like exciting stories!
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