The Swiss Family Robinson [NOOK Book]

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*** Illustrated with Milo Winter's original drawings ***

"The Swiss Family Robinson" is a novel, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia.

Written by Swiss pastor Johann David Wyss and edited by his son Johann Rudolf Wyss, the novel was intended to teach his four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance. Wyss's attitude toward education is in line with the teachings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ...
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The Swiss Family Robinson

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Overview

*** Illustrated with Milo Winter's original drawings ***

"The Swiss Family Robinson" is a novel, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia.

Written by Swiss pastor Johann David Wyss and edited by his son Johann Rudolf Wyss, the novel was intended to teach his four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance. Wyss's attitude toward education is in line with the teachings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many of the episodes have to do with Christian-oriented moral lessons such as frugality, husbandry, acceptance, cooperation, etc.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013790483
  • Publisher: Seven Treasures Publications
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 755,889
  • File size: 2 MB

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    A reviewer

    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

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    great for young readers

    These books are fantastic for those young reader who want to dig into some great classics but are a little too young for the big wording. These books take the same great classic story and translate them into easier to read versions. Also can be used for AR reading points in school!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book!

    I had my fourth grade son read this and he found it engaging. He loved how resourceful the family was in their circumstance of being shipwrecked on an island. It is a challenging book for this age, but the subject matter kept him interested.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    Wonderful for both my 8 and 10 year olds!

    My boys thorougly enjoyed this book. The adventures of life on a remote island and the escapades of the boys in the story kept their interest. They would beg every night for another chapter. What a terrific way to get introduced to the classics. I am both an educator and parent, and can wholeheartedly recommend this book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Great book!

    This is a great book. I started reading this to my eight year old son, he enjoyed it and he asked for it to be read every night. This book is seventy-seven pages and twenty-one chapters. And is worth every cent. My family loved this book. We are excited to read other classic stories together.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Beutifully told

    This is one of my favorte books i havent stopped loving it. I NEVER read books twice but this one i have read 3 times and i gets better every time!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book for children

    This is a great story book to read to children and have them use their imagination!

    4 out of 5 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.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    good

    Classic

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Read! :)

    So this is the best book i ever read! Pleaseweaywease read it so this story is full of action i love action and read kidnapped to this book is great awesome fun and actiony i read this 30 times read it i put a post about kidnapped to! Read it pleasyweasywease! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

    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 November 16, 2011

    Buy this book

    Omg best book ever

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Classical Favorite!

    Read this in Jr High, fell in love with it, If you love stories of survival, you will enjoy this book, have read both versions, bridged and unabridged, loved them both, some of the ways he describes in this book to prepare certain items I've used during my Military Career, a must read novel who wants to get away from your problems,

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2011

    Mediocre quality as far as hardcovers go

    The black-and-white, pen-and-ink illustrations in this edition are fantastic. However, the gold ink on the binding and cover come off on one's hands. The book quickly looks worn, which is only good if you're going for that sort of thing. My ribbon is also coming unbraided. It's not a book you'll want to pass on to anyone, even though it is hardcover.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2000

    a reviewer

    A great book...simply a classic. It teaches moral value and useful tips. It is a great survival book, which has a suprise every second. If you read this book, you will not be disappointed!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    I looooooove this book!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Its so gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!
    Thank u ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Anonymous

    An outstanding book! It is about a family who gets wrecked on a desert island. They have to survive using their wits and any natural resources. I might try reading Robinson Crusoe. Although the formatting is a bit weird, I would recommend it for anybody!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Loved the old Disney movie. The book is sooo.... much better.

    The kids love it. We read it on a long car trip. The vocab is great. The flora and fauna it described are awesome. Mostly I really the contrast with the values from a older time period. This is a great kids book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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