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The Swiss Family Robinson

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The Swiss Family Robinson

by Johann D Wyss


Quick Overview

Written from the perspective of the father, it chronicles the first-hand account of the shipwreck and survival of a Swiss family of six on a remote island somewhere near New Guinea. The family consists of a Swiss pastor who is a walking encyclopedia on agricultural practices from around the world; his wife who excels in equal measure with culinary skills, and four energetic sons. Displaying remarkable resilience and resourcefulness, they survive completely alone for over ten years until their rescue. In the process, they create their own European civilization, showing complete mastery over animals and plants, and creatively establishing houses. The bulk of the novel consists of their struggle for survival with their endless discovery of new species of plants and animals..


After a shipwreck, the narrator, his wife, and four sons find themselves castaways on an uninhabited island. Retrieving what they can from the ship, they construct a life for themselves through their own resourcefulness -- building a tree house, finding such foods as coconuts, sugarcane, honey, and potatoes, and securing themselves against danger. Size 0.82" H x 8.28" L x 5.22" W, 336 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780486416601
Author Johann D Wyss
Age Group 8-14
Book Type paperback

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