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Swiss Family Robinson (Great Illustrated Classics Series)

Swiss Family Robinson (Great Illustrated Classics Series)


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The enchanting story of a shipwrecked family--a minister, his wife, and four sons, Fritz, Ernest Francis, and Jack--who are cast up on a desert island, build a wonderful house in a tree, and survive so cleverly and happily apart from the world that they never want to be rescued.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780866119627
Publisher: Waldman Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Series: Great Illustrated Classics Series
Edition description: ABR
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.73(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

Table of Contents

1.Shipwrecked and Alone1
2.A Desolate Island9
3.We Explore Our Island19
4.The Homeward Journey28
5.We Revisit the Wreck35
6.Mother Makes a Suggestion45
7.We Build a Bridge52
8.The Journey to the Wonderful Trees58
9.The Tree-House64
10.A Visit to Tentholm71
11.The Strange Animal78
12.Towed by a Turtle85
13.An Important Experiment92
14.The Pinnace and the Petard99
15.The Calabash Wood105
16.Last Visit to the Wreck115
17.The Buffalo Hunt122
18.The Hollow Tree131
19.The Rainy Season139
20.The Salt Cavern145
22.Thanksgiving Day161
23.The Island Sports Carnival165
24.A Midnight Raid173
25.The Stranded Whale184
26.Jack Discovers a Skeleton193
27.Death of a Monster198
28.An Inland Journey208
29.The Desert214
30.Ostriches and Bears221
31.The Captive Ostrich230
32.Home Again238
33.A Visit to Whale Island244
34.Our First Harvest251
35.The Trial of the "Sea Horse"257
36.News by Pigeon Post263
37.To the Rescue268
38.After Ten Years274
39.The Mysterious Message281
40.Fritz Says Good-bye288
41.The Stranger293
43.The Mysterious Guns311
44.Three Cheers for New Switzerland!320

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The Swiss Family Robinson 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 288 reviews.
HBond More than 1 year ago
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).
Adam Kolb More than 1 year ago
Fyi, this is one of the many shortened versions and of poor quality....of the storyline and conversion from printed edition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story book to read to children and have them use their imagination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. This ebook is in terrible shape. Pay for the real copy.
para74 More than 1 year ago
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,
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could definately by for teens! If you liked Robinson Crusoe you'll love this!!!
ShoreToRead More than 1 year ago
So many paperback books utilize a small font, so the words are tiny and difficult to read. This Penguin Classic reprint is great---the paper is bright and the font is "normal", which make reading this book a pleasure! The 5" x 7" size makes it easy to slip into a pocketbook or backpack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book for 5 to 15 year olds. Lots of adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Instead of words, its got little stupid symbols like this: ?^^<>&bull;`¿\. Do you see what i mean? DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Laramie Leavitt More than 1 year ago
This is an ocr book with a lot of typos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really boring.It was really hard to understand bottom line do not waste your time buying it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's just a little past believing. I greatly doubt that you can have penguins and kangaroos on the same island. Everything seems to go just right, which also seems unreal. Defoe must have had a good imagination, I'll give him that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, why in the world would you not get in the life boat when the boat started to fill with water. and then how in the heck would that dinky little tub float them to that island?! why were they complaining. i mean they had food, water and a place to live, even ifit isn't their real home. this book was boring, stupid, and should be banned for bordem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
at the beginning of the book i thought it would be interesting but as the book went on i started to see how it was going to turn out. in this story (from my point of view) it was like they where on a vacation, i mean they always had shelter, food,fresh water, and things like that, in which that made the story very uninterseting to me.i also know that other kids in my class disliked this book as well. that book made me not want to come to school because it made reading class not so fun anymore.thank you for letting me write how i feel.
Anonymous 20 days ago
"The Open Road" ebook has no errors. When I was a child, my plan for the future was to live on some land in the Midwest far away from everything. There, my husband, children and I would live happily ever after by ourselves. Some days, I still long for that dream to come true. Of course, it is not God's plan for me. I must be about my Father's business, and that includes being with other people to tell them about Jesus Christ's dying to save them from their sins. God's plan for me is a good plan. Better, still, is His eternal plan for me: to live with Him and His children for all eternity in peace and joy. Life can't get any better than that! "God helps those who help themselves." The axiom Father Robinson relied upon. Well, praise God! He, also, helps those who can't help themselves!" Poor boys! At the beginning of the book, their father reproves them for every mistake they make - although, he does applaud them for the good things they do. He's a little preachy, though. Well into the book, I found the reason: he is a preacher - a minister of the church. That accounts for their family prayers morning and evening and observance of the weekly Sabbath rest. It accounts for his reliance upon God who watches over them all. So does the time in which they lived. They wouldn't have been considered to be religious fanatics. This is a good book. An excellent book. Every time I read it, I enjoy it immensely and plan to read it again in a few years. That's a good plan.