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The Swiss Family Robinson (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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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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27 out of 34 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 November 21, 2014

    Captivating!

    Wonderfully plotted. Format is better than can be expexted, all things considered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    Swiss

    Cheese

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Elders den

    Elders den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    To:60

    Frank is a person

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    About the '

    Those are quotation marks numbskulls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    RS

    Write 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Fun classic, great for read aloud

    Cool to dust off this classic about a castaway family and their nifty setup on a deserted island they found and named New Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Evie @ Saph

    Im locked out of sl and parts of naplo and our book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Good book

    Great!!!! Very enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Classic

    Great book that everyone should read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Ihow many pages does this book have?

    How many pages does it have

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    What are u writing?

    This is for reviews im actuall y trying to find a goo d book
    I have not read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Samus

    She landed atop the egg ship, nodded in hello to the hedgehog next to her, and threw a thunderball at the ship.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Samus

    Im gonna post my bio so people arent confused about me and my power suit. 56 result.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Always recomended!

    This book is amazing! I would recomend this book to anybody
    Especialy a adventure seeking reader! I red it and thought it a bit boring at first but at about the second chapter it gets so interesting you can hardly put it down! :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Y

    U

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Dear #16

    Buck? And this is great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Clue

    In this book they build an amazing treehouse. Try to find a book about a kid and his cubbyhouse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Good

    A Sexy book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Amazing book yet scientificly inaccurate 8 (

    I really enjoyed this book as a fun tale of a Swiss family's surprisingly good fortune (unfortunately their luck is one-in-a-million and to good to be true) as they try to survive on a tropical island that is loaded with lucky finds. They salvagd a ton of goods from the ship and are able to survive for about ten years and are then rescued.They have many minor adventures on their huge island dubbed New Switzerland( i.e. serpent, expeditions and damaged houses ruined by unruly chimpanzees). The scientificly inaccurate parts about this lovely story is that potatoes don't grow in the tropics, fruit trees from Switzerland don'grow there either, and the variety of life that is described don't always match up in their proper biome. Overall though, it is one of my favorite classics. Another reminder is that you shouldn't bother with the older disney movie if you haven't seen it because it is so inaccurate that it disgusts me greatly to see a classic as exquisite as this being ruined by Disney. The movie is a nice adventure as it's self, but if you are talking about the book with someone and you are arguing about a certain part of it, don't turn to the movie for facts that were in the book because you won't find any. If you are no nothing about this book and want an opinion, I will tell you now that this is a great work of literature that is a highly recomended book to read for all ages. I really enjoyed this book.

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