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The Swiss Family Robinson

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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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  • Posted July 30, 2010

    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 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).

    26 out of 33 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 October 21, 2013

    Won't open

    The book gives me some error dialouge when trying to open

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Weak translation

    I would have to say that this is a week translation of a classic book and you will miss much of the storyline and the beautiful language. I do not recommend it

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Probably won't read this again until I have kids.

    " I actually don't remember ever reading this book as a child, though I think I may have had it in its Great Illustrated Classics edition back then. What I do remember is watching the live-action movie that Disney made in the '60s. Anyway, so I decided I'd give it a read. All I can say is, if I had any memory of reading it as a child, I might have a better opinion of it as an adult. Nostalgia sometimes biases me that way. As it is, however, I was left a little disappointed. ..."

    For full review, please visit me (Les Livres) on Blogger!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2008

    If you want to challenge your 9-12 year old don't buy it

    This not being the original novel is great for about a 8 year old, but not a 9-12 year old who you want to challenge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    BORING BORING BORING

    WOW i had to read this book for language arts and i will never look at this book again sure it is a classic but most classics are actually true and have even a little bit of action the father could never be that smart as a minister and come on how could fritz have run across jenny's bird like that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2005

    Boring

    I had to read this book for school and I thought it was extremly boring. The author went into to much detail about things like rafts. I also don't like the fact that the dad never did anything wrong. The only thing I did like about this book was Ernest,the donkey and the dogs.

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