The Swiss Family Robinson The beloved adventure story of a family marooned on a deserted island and making a new home in the jungle wilderness
Off the coast of New Guinea a storm rages for seven days, violently tossing the passenger vessel holding a family of six about the sea. Left behind by the crew and other passengers of their wrecked ship, the family has no choice but to go it alone. They fill tubs with tools and provisions they may need to survive, and set off for a nearby island—devoid of people but teeming with lush natural life. Once on the island, they build themselves a home, complete with livestock, a small farm, and a sturdy tree house for shelter. In no time, the four boys and their steadfast parents learn to thrive on the jungle island, learning just how much can be accomplished through hard work, cooperation, curiosity, and perseverance.
First published in 1812, The Swiss Family Robinson is a rip-roaring adventure tale and an engrossing novel about self-sufficiency, responsibility, and the uses and wonders of the natural world.
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Johann David Wyss (1743–1818) was a Swiss writer best known for The Swiss Family Robinson. Wyss was inspired by Daniel Defoe’s classic novel Robinson Crusoe but wanted to create a story that would be accessible to children. His novel has been adapted numerous times for television, film, and the stage.