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Swiss Family Robinson [Kindle Edition]

Johann David Wyss , William H. G. Kingston
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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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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"Swiss Family Robinson" is the classic tale of a Swiss pastor, his wife and their four sons who find themselves shipwrecked on an isolated tropical island. Along with a couple of dogs, some livestock, pigeons and geese, "Swiss Family Robinson," is the story of a family's struggle to survive in a foreign land isolated from society. Everyday brings a new adventure and a new obstacle to overcome. Above all, "Swiss Family Robinson" is a classic tale of adventure that can be enjoyed by readers both young and old.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140367187
  • Publisher: (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZPY3W4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,188 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise 8 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE TO READ 4 Jan. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable classic novel 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love adventures, you'll love this book! 19 Aug. 2000
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful period piece! 17 Mar. 2013
By M-A+
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average... 12 Feb. 2011
By cerises
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A story many of us are familiar with, but can't say that the story was as gripping as I remember as a youngster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Swiss family Robinson 15 Oct. 2012
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! 29 April 2008
`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.

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

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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