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Swiss Family Robinson (Classic Starts Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 15 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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28 out of 35 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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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Not the full length version.

    Fyi, this is one of the many shortened versions and of poor quality....of the storyline and conversion from printed edition.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Bad file

    Pay for the fee based file, this one is full of errors. Specifically, this looks like a scanned work that some software tried to convert into text. The result is syntax errors all over the place. While I can correct it while reading to my kids because I've read this before, my kids don't have the skills nor the knowledge to read this file without being really confused by all the random symbols that show up.

    5 out of 8 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 :(

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Not as ebook!

    Wow. This ebook is in terrible shape. Pay for the real copy.

    2 out of 2 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 3 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 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 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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  • 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Pretty Bad

    It's just a little past believing. I greatly doubt that you can have penguins and kangaroos on the same island. Everything seems to go just right, which also seems unreal. Defoe must have had a good imagination, I'll give him that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Swiss Family Robinson

    at the beginning of the book i thought it would be interesting but as the book went on i started to see how it was going to turn out. in this story (from my point of view) it was like they where on a vacation, i mean they always had shelter, food,fresh water, and things like that, in which that made the story very uninterseting to me.i also know that other kids in my class disliked this book as well. that book made me not want to come to school because it made reading class not so fun anymore.thank you for letting me write how i feel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    WTF

    This is not the classic Iloved as a kid dont bother

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Not made by the REAL Auther!!

    As I was reading this I instantly stopped! Because somthing told me that this here book was wrong!! It didnt make any sense! And NO I am not nuts! I'm puzzled, who was the real auther and where the heck is his book? I also hated this here book for everything happened so darn soon, if I were you I would Not read THIS book by this fake AUTHER!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    SuckySUckySUCkySUCKySUCKY

    Super sucky:(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    :( :p

    You cant understand at all what theyre saying. And i dont mean its a book for adults i mean what i mean

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Poor editing job :(

    If you don't like how an author writes, just change it, right? Wrong! Please, trust miserably unimportant persons such as we average and lowly readers to decide for ourselves whether we like the style of an author, and don't go around "fixing" things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    MoonBlade

    A girl about the age of 20 comes in. She is half elf and half elf assassian. "My name is ——..
    Can l join?" ((Guess my character.))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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