The Swiss Family Robinson, Illustrated [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Or Adventures on a Desert Island." According to Wikipedia: "The Swiss Family Robinson (German: Der Schweizerische Robinson) is a novel by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia... Johann David Wyss (March 4, 1743 - January 11, 1818) is best remembered for his book The Swiss Family Robinson. It is said that he was inspired by Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, but wanted to write a story from which his own children would learn, as the father in the story taught
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The Swiss Family Robinson, Illustrated

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Overview

"Or Adventures on a Desert Island." According to Wikipedia: "The Swiss Family Robinson (German: Der Schweizerische Robinson) is a novel by Johann David Wyss, first published in 1812, about a Swiss family shipwrecked in the East Indies en route to Port Jackson, Australia... Johann David Wyss (March 4, 1743 - January 11, 1818) is best remembered for his book The Swiss Family Robinson. It is said that he was inspired by Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, but wanted to write a story from which his own children would learn, as the father in the story taught important lessons to his children. The Swiss Family Robinson was first published in 1812 and translated into English two years later. It has since become one of the most popular books of all time."

When a Swiss couple and their four sons are shipwrecked on an isolated island, they adapt to their "New Switzerland" using many imaginative methods of farming and animal taming.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- It goes without saying that, in the process of condensing and rewriting these books down to a fourth-grade reading level, most of the distinguished aspects of the works--writing style, language, atmosphere, characterization--have been sacrificed for a simple, not to say simplistic, master-plots approach that conveys the incidents but fails to impart the justification for their continuing endurance in the canon of juvenile literature. The books are illustrated with some attention paid to the sense of the plots and characters. For those who persist in the fallacy that knowing what the so-called "classics'' of children's literature are about is a satisfactory substitution for actually experiencing them by reading the original, this series is acceptable. For the rest of us, it's as if someone's painted a guppy white and called it Moby Dick. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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The illustrated edition of the classic story of the shipwrecked Robinson family and their adventures on a desert island in the South Seas. First published in 1812, it still remains a beloved tale of true adventure with an engaging mix of moral and practical lessons about survival and learning to live in harmony with others and with oneself. Author Johann David Wyss based the story--which began as a set of tales that he told his four sons in the early 19th century--on the classic tale of shipwreck and survival, "Robinson Crusoe." In narrating a tale about the struggle to survive and the values found in cooperating with others, Wyss reveals the wonders of the island as well--the flora and fauna that make this a truly magical story for all time. Beautifully illustrated in color and black and white.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000875858
  • Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 194,583
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

1. Shipwrecked and Alone 1
2. A Desolate Island 9
3. We Explore Our Island 19
4. The Homeward Journey 28
5. We Revisit the Wreck 35
6. Mother Makes a Suggestion 45
7. We Build a Bridge 52
8. The Journey to the Wonderful Trees 58
9. The Tree-House 64
10. A Visit to Tentholm 71
11. The Strange Animal 78
12. Towed by a Turtle 85
13. An Important Experiment 92
14. The Pinnace and the Petard 99
15. The Calabash Wood 105
16. Last Visit to the Wreck 115
17. The Buffalo Hunt 122
18. The Hollow Tree 131
19. The Rainy Season 139
20. The Salt Cavern 145
21. "Woodlands" 155
22. Thanksgiving Day 161
23. The Island Sports Carnival 165
24. A Midnight Raid 173
25. The Stranded Whale 184
26. Jack Discovers a Skeleton 193
27. Death of a Monster 198
28. An Inland Journey 208
29. The Desert 214
30. Ostriches and Bears 221
31. The Captive Ostrich 230
32. Home Again 238
33. A Visit to Whale Island 244
34. Our First Harvest 251
35. The Trial of the "Sea Horse" 257
36. News by Pigeon Post 263
37. To the Rescue 268
38. After Ten Years 274
39. The Mysterious Message 281
40. Fritz Says Good-bye 288
41. The Stranger 293
42. Jenny 302
43. The Mysterious Guns 311
44. Three Cheers for New Switzerland! 320
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    the swiss family robinson

    a good book for people that like adventure. it starts out as a fast paced novel but grows gradually more slow. it is good, but could be cropped down to make it have more action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2010

    Not at all what I expected

    The first part is the standard Swiss Family. But then it goes off on a tangent and misses a great deal of the actual book including Emily and smoking rock and the like.

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