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Swiss Family Robinson (Classic Starts Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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Stranded on a deserted island, the Robinson family must survive with just their knowledge and endurance. The Robinson family became stranded on an island and had to survive with six family members-Franz, Jack, Ernest, Fritz, Mom, and Dad. They built a winter house, a ...
Stranded on a deserted island, the Robinson family must survive with just their knowledge and endurance. The Robinson family became stranded on an island and had to survive with six family members-Franz, Jack, Ernest, Fritz, Mom, and Dad. They built a winter house, a summer house, and they had tons of animals! Although ten years on the island was difficult, they survived. This book was great. It was very exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. I recommend it for anyone that likes castaway-type books. They were very smart and knew what almost everything in the wild was. They found an animal that looked like a wild boar, but it wasn¿t! They found a plant that was at first unfamiliar, then they realized what this exotic plant was. They knew how to build their houses and structures and how to keep animals, hunt, and take out the good meat! They even knew what was bad and/or poisonous to eat and touch. They were very good with animals. They caught many animals and tamed them to help them hunt, or to just be a pet. They caught and tamed a baby monkey, a baby jackal, an eagle, an onager, a baby buffalo, and even an ostrich! They took care of them and the animals soon learned what the family wanted them to do. They had a very interesting way of rehabilitating their animals they used smoke from a cigar and stupefied the animal. Then it¿s almost as though the animal started its life over. The Robinson family handled the wreck very well. If another family got stranded on that island, they might have freaked out. The Robinson family didn¿t, they built their house easily, hunted, and skinned animals without any difficulty. Some people might have been nervous to skin sharks or whales, but they didn¿t, they were excited to have whale skin and shark skin. This book was excellent. It was about a tenth grade reading level, but it was worth it. It kept me guessing what would happen next. It would seem obvious that something would happen next, and then something else would happen! I recommend it for anyone that loves the castaway type books. E. Gray

posted by Anonymous on October 28, 2007

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26 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

A Good Story, But Definitely Abridged

I won't spend much time reviewing the story itself. Just about everyone knows that it's a charming but farfetched story, which is strongly inspired by Robinson Crusoe. I do want to point out, that despite being in the Stirling Unabridged Series, it is most definitely ...
I won't spend much time reviewing the story itself. Just about everyone knows that it's a charming but farfetched story, which is strongly inspired by Robinson Crusoe. I do want to point out, that despite being in the Stirling Unabridged Series, it is most definitely abridged. There are several examples - the story of the roast maggots from the sago palm is missing. They eat potatoes but forget to harvest them. They melt berries to make candles but never collect them. In the fishing sequence toward the middle of the book, Jack makes a remark about his father's small fry, comparing the large fish he is catching to the herring his father caught earlier, but the episode in which his father catches the "small fry" is omitted.

I recommend that one purchase not this edition, but one based on the 1877 translation by Kingston (the Puffin Classics unabridged edition is one such).

posted by HBond on July 30, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    To "AGE"

    This book could definately by for teens! If you liked Robinson Crusoe you'll love this!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Very good reprint

    So many paperback books utilize a small font, so the words are tiny and difficult to read. This Penguin Classic reprint is great---the paper is bright and the font is "normal", which make reading this book a pleasure! The 5" x 7" size makes it easy to slip into a pocketbook or backpack.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Age

    Can this be for teens

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Not a good version

    Very difficult to read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Reviee

    $13 for an old book? Bn is crazy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Horrible

    Terrible read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    :)

    I always liked this story,so now i'll read the book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Great read!

    Never read this as a schoolboy - I should have!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Fun read

    My 10 yr old loved this classic. Lots of adventures

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Horrible

    I read the inabrigded one about 2 years ago and it was awesome but this one is cheap its is definatly abridged it is pnly 77 pages... DONT BUY :(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Hb

    Good book for 5 to 15 year olds. Lots of adventure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    A hit with 7-year-old.

    My son really took to the story, but girls would love the adventure too. Condensed and in a more modern vernacular, it was a good and engaging introduction of a classic to hungry reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    It sucks. Really, it does.

    Instead of words, its got little stupid symbols like this: ?^^<>•`¿\. Do you see what i mean? DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Anonymous

    Great book but not for a class project

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    BORING!!!!

    I had to do it for a book report! I won't ever read this again

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2011

    Lots of typos

    This is an ocr book with a lot of typos.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Junk

    This book was really boring.It was really hard to understand bottom line do not waste your time buying it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    Word of the wise

    word of the wise, if you have the choice to read this book, or eat rotton milk, ten months old, eat the rotton milk. I also had the misfortion of having to read it for school, i hated it. It sucked.

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    GHP age 10 -OUTSTANDING

    This book, full of adventure, danger, and most of all, exciting discoveries and dangerous endeavors, will capture your imagination immediately. Taken from their father¿s journal, this exciting book will engage you. A family of four boys, a mother & a father were shipwrecked on a desolate island w/absolutely no other people except themselves. Trying to survive in this dangerous wilderness is quite a job. Setting up several plantations, discovering giant skeletons, having an encounter w/a lion and lioness¿ these are only a few of the many exciting adventures they have. This book I recommend for boys ages 8 and up. Girls may not be as interested as there are few female characters. I like reading this long book because of all the adventures in it. (Be sure to read the unabridged edition.) Like to read? Then you will like this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    This author must have been COMPLETELY NUTS!!!!!!!

    First of all, why in the world would you not get in the life boat when the boat started to fill with water. and then how in the heck would that dinky little tub float them to that island?! why were they complaining. i mean they had food, water and a place to live, even ifit isn't their real home. this book was boring, stupid, and should be banned for bordem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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