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Publisher Comments:

“For many days we had been tempest-tossed…the raging storm increased in fury until on the seventh day all hope was lost.”

From these dire opening lines, a timeless story of adventure begins. One family will emerge alive from this terrible storm: the Robinsons—a Swiss pastor, his wife, and four sons, plus two dogs and a shipload of livestock. Inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, this heartwarming tale portrays a family’s struggle to create a new life on a strange and fantastic tropical island. There each boy must learn to utilize his own unique nature as their adventures lead to difficult challenges and amazing discoveries, including a puzzling message tied to an albatross’s leg. But it is in the ingenuity and authenticity of the family itself, and the natural wonders of this exotic land that have made The Swiss Family Robinson, first published at the beginning of the nineteenth century, one of the most enduring and imitated stories of shipwreck and survival.

Synopsis:

Shipwrecked on a tropical island after a ferocious storm, a Swiss minister, his wife, and their four sons struggle to survive and build a new life for themselves until they can be rescued. Reissue.

Synopsis:

Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.

About the Author

Johann David Wyss (1743-1818) was a clergyman in Berne, Switzerland. A former military chaplain, Wyss spoke four languages, loved nature, and was deeply involved in the raising of his four boys, reading to them and taking them on hikes and hunting trips. To teach them moral lessons and entertain them, he read them a story he had written about a family just like theirs (each boy in the story is based on one of Wyss’s four sons), who had been shipwrecked on a tropical island. This handwritten manuscript was more than eight hundred pages long and one of his sons, Johann Emmanuel, helped him illustrate it. Years later another son, Johann Rudolf, by then a professor at the Berne Academy, found his fathers manuscript, edited it, and published it in 1812-1813 as The Swiss Family Robinson. The first English translation appeared in 1814, and there have since been nearly two hundred versions of this novel, as well as two films and a television movie.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553904772
Publisher:
Bantam books
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Author:
Wyss, Johann
Author:
Wyss, Johann David
Author:
Johann David Wyss
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family life -- Fiction.
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
Juvenile
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Childrens classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19920201
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
4-7
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Age Level:
9-12

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Adventure

The Swiss Family Robinson
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Product details 368 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780553904772 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Shipwrecked on a tropical island after a ferocious storm, a Swiss minister, his wife, and their four sons struggle to survive and build a new life for themselves until they can be rescued. Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.
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