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Johann David Wyss , 1743-1818, Swiss author. His Swiss Family Robinson (1813, tr. 1814), an internationally popular classic for children, relates the adventures of a shipwrecked family. It is based on Robinson Crusoe. The book was edited by Wyss's son Johann Rudolf Wyss, 1781-1830, who was professor of philosophy at Bern and author of the Swiss national anthem.
Shipwreck! How a family survives having been shipwrecked on a tropical island is a classic story of ingenuity and resourcefulness. Salvaging vital stores from their doomed boat and making use of the abundance the island offers, the family creates an idyllic life for themselves in which they befriend the local wild animals as well as enjoying the local foods. A great book for reading aloud, this edition includes useful additional material including a Who’s Who of the characters and a Glossary of some of the more unusual words as well as an Introduction by Jon Scieszka who is so passionate about the story that he’s threatening to take a boat onto some sharp rock near a deserted island so that he too can enjoy the idyllic times a la Swiss Family Robinson. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics, then click on the Paperback tab to view all the Puffin Children’s Classics.
With 9 color illustrations. "e;Or Adventures on a Desert Island."e; According to Wikipedia: "e;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."e;
The Swiss Family 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. The novel opens with the family in the hold of a sailing ship, weathering a great storm. The ships' passengers evacuate without them, and William and Elizabeth and their four children (Fritz, Ernest, Jack and Francis) are left to survive alone. As the ship tosses about, the father - William - prays that God will spare them. The ship survives the night and the family finds themselves within sight of a tropical desert island. The next morning, they decide to get to the island they can see beyond the reef. With much effort, they construct a vessel out of tubs. After they fill the tubs with food and ammunition and all other articles of value they can safely carry, they row toward the island. Two dogs from the ship named Turk and Juno swim beside them. The ship's cargo of livestock (including chickens, domestic ducks, domestic geese, and domestic pigeons), guns & powder, carpentry tools, books, a disassembled pinnace, and provisions have survived. Upon reaching the island, the family set up a makeshift camp. The father knows that they must prepare for a long time on the island and his thoughts are as much on provisions for the future as for their immediate wants. William and his oldest son Fritz spend the next day exploring the island. The family spends the next few days securing themselves against hunger. William and Fritz make several trips to the ship in their efforts to bring ashore everything useful from the vessel. The domesticated animals on the ship are towed back to the island. There is also a great store of firearms and ammunition, hammocks for sleeping, carpenter's tools, lumber, cooking utensils, silverware, and dishes. Initially they construct a treehouse, but as time passes , they settle in a more permanent dwelling in part of a cave.
When a storm wrecks their ship off the coast of a deserted island in the East Indies, William, Elizabeth, and their four sons must rely on each other for survival. Stranded like Robinson Crusoe, the family salvages what they can from the wrecked ship and uses their ingenuity to craft the rest of what they need from the natural resources around them. They are thousands of miles from home and surrounded by a fantastical variety of strange-and often dangerous-wildlife. What adventures await the family? Will they be able to make a new life for themselves on the island? This classic children's adventure was first published in 1812. Swiss author Johann David Wyss originally wrote it in German; this is an unabridged version of the 1879 English translation by William Henry Giles Kingston.
Shipwrecked on an unchartered island, the Swiss Family Robinson - mother, father and four young boys - make the most of their predicament, adapting to the island and turning the absence of civilization to their advantage. Through perseverance, hard work and self reliance, they become masters of their new environment. Their experience is colourful, creative and filled with exciting adventures. This illustrated edition, with full-colour plates by T. H. Robinson, features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive gilded edging and decorative endpapers.
Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on a strange, uncharted tropical island. This timeless, classic story of survival and adventure has fired the imaginations of readers since it first appeared in 1812, and it reads just as fresh as if it were written today. The natural wonders of the lush, exotic land make for an unforgettable setting, and the family itself will find a place in the listeners' heart.As they struggle to survive in the wilderness, the Robinsons discover their own amazing ingenuity and courage, each of the sons utilizing his own unique nature as their adventures lead to difficult challenges and fantastic discoveries. Although they have lost almost everything in the shipwreck, they are so resourceful that, when rescue finally comes, they decline to leave the happy life they have constructed for themselves in their exotic haven.
A shipwreck; a deserted island; a family, wondering if they can survive. Rich in suspense and surprises, The Swiss Family Robinson entices young readers to come along on a wonderful adventure, where each moment brings a new thrill. Featuring amazingly resourceful characters and a wondrous landscape bursting with exotic wildlife and plants, it's an irresistible tale of ingenuity. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.
Parents, teachers, librarians and youngsters will welcome four new superb, unabridged editions of timeless children's favourites - complete with artwork by Scott McKowen. Each book features extraordinary jacket art, detailed spot illustrations, a three-piece cover, a ribbon marker and the highest quality paper. Swiss Family Robinson tells of shipwrecked passengers on a deserted island: how will they survive? After their ship founders at sea, the Robinsons - father, mother, and four sons - find themselves stranded in an uninhabited, idyllic land.