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The Swiss Family Robinson (Great Illustrated Classics)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  1,571 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
For generations, readers have enjoyed classic literature. They have delighted in the romance of Jane Austen, thrilled at the adventures of Jules Verne, and pondered the lessons of Aesop. Introduce young readers to these familiar volumes with Great Illustrated Classics. In this series, literary masterworks have been adapted for young scholars. Large, easy-to-read type and c ...more
Published December 3rd 2005 by Abdo Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1983)
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Elizabeth L.

I am almost finished reading the book The Swiss Family Robinson By: Johann Wyss I have really been enjoying this book because it is very interesting and really shows the characters feelings and thoughts. The main idea of this story is about a family who was on a cruise and the ship wrecked and every one was split apart but somehow the Robinson family managed to stay together. They where stranded on an island. It is interesting to see all the adventures that they go through like making there own
Mar 14, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Swiss Family Robinson is about the Robinson family. They were traveling to New Guinea to set up a colony. On their journey they hit a rock during a storm and got stranded. They tried to get to the lifeboats but when they got to the top deck the crew had already abandoned ship. They decided it would be better to stay on the ship than jump off, so they waited out the storm. In the morning the sun was shining and they could see an island. They started to make a lifeboat out of barrels that were ...more
This is one of the few times I will say that I prefer what Disney did with the story. Perhaps, it was because the book was the abridged adaptation, but the family seems thrilled to have been shipwrecked and can't wait to set up a homestead. That would have still made for a delightful story if they hadn't shot something in every single chapter. All of the boys have guns and they shoot first and regret later, especially when they shoot, for no good reason, beasts of burdens or other creatures that ...more
Erin  Buerk
This book is a bloodbath!
This version of the Swiss Family Robinson was written for upper elementary level children. It would be an enjoyable read for them particularly boys.
Orion B 8
May 12, 2017 Orion B 8 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Swiss Family Robinson is a fantastic book, by Eliza Gatewood Warren. I can relate to this book because, with my personality and hobbies I love to fish, strategy, and survival. The book is about a family gets stranded on a deserted island with no contact with anyone else. They must explore, build, hunt, and survive as a family. I like the book because there was a lot of conflict on the story and the characters themselves. There was a movie as well that I watch, and now I can say I've seen the ...more
Kayla Cagan
May 04, 2017 Kayla Cagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-book-challenge
This is a very cute book. I love survival books and this is my favorite book. The Robinson family gets shipwrecked and gets stranded on an island and have to survive. They end up building a house and living very pleasantly and peacefully. As long as they have each other they will be okay and that is what I really like about the book, how the Robinsons are a very close family. But soon the older kids leave the island and hopefully get married but that is life and this book teaches a lot of life l ...more
David Richardson
Quick and easy to read, an illustration on every other page. Good for children. you could probably let them use it for a coloring book!
Jack Rowden
Jun 13, 2014 Jack Rowden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All in all I really liked this book. It was a real page turner, from the start I could not put it down. My favorite parts of the book were when the family had constructed their home and had worked together to solve their problems the mom had said “If it be the will of God," said my wife, "to leave us alone on this solitary place, let us be content; and rejoice that we are all together in safety.” showing that she had took it as a blessing that they where left on this island. The purpose of the a ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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Jun 02, 2013 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
This is a version adapted for kids. I've never read the full story, but this is a review of this abridged version. It was an interested story, and lots of exciting things happened, but it just all happened too fast, and it didn't go into detail about anything, it just said 'this thing happened, that thing happened', and it all happened rather quickly. I guess it was meant for kids after all. Timothy seems to like it just fine. I did read a small excerpt of the full-length book, and I think I'd l ...more
Bergen E.
Jun 05, 2016 Bergen E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about the family's adventure on there way to New Guinea to form a colony.The story is told from the fathers point of view. On the way to New Guinea the boat they traveled on encountered a storm and the boat crashes. The family must live on the island and wait for help so they can get back to Switzerland.The family does miss their home country but they very quickly adapt to life on the island. The group is very likely to survive do to good relationships among the family. This is an e ...more
Kate Z
Apr 24, 2012 Kate Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have an adventure loving emerging reader, this is the book for you!!!!!! This version of SFR is great for that demographic. It's easy enough to read for my 6 1/2 year old son (we alternate) and this version pares down the tale to the "exciting" bits ... this is like the book version of "Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!" We usually read three chapters a night and on one night we had the following: rodeo type events with youngest boy riding a 4 month old buffalo calf, then the middle boy ...more
Nathan Kaczmarek
Dec 14, 2015 Nathan Kaczmarek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book the Swiss Family Robinson was about this family that was headed to an island off the coast of New Guinea to set up a new colony. However, on there trip there, a huge storm comes and they are stuck on a big rock. The crew members and the captain of the ship see land and make a break for it without the Robinson Family. They wait on the ship overnight and the next day the weather is perfect. So the family heads for the island, with almost every thing on board. They get to there new exotic ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really cool book with exciting details. The Robinson family crashed their boat while in a storm at sea, and came to a deserted island to stay. They quickly made a shelter, and discovered many creatures. They also killed basically any animal in sight. They then stayed at the island for a very long ten years, adventuring a lot throughout that time. They even had a pet eagle, who killed an ostrich for them. After the ten years, they soon discovered another sailor, who was a gir ...more
Oct 17, 2012 B.B. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 08, 2012 Shauna rated it did not like it
This book was lame. I haven't seen the movie so I can't compare it to that, though I have heard the movie is better. There was no plot to this book, just a bunch of Look What We Killed Today, And This Is What We Can Turn It Into. This family was stranded, yet they eat better each night than most people I know. I would like to have seen some character developement here. They each age 10 years, but they don't change. Lame. The kids liked it okay. They kept asking to see the pictures of the dead an ...more
I love these illustrated classics. It is still a little beyond my 3 1/2 year old. With the pictures he can last at least 10 pages. I want him to grow up familiar with the classics and this series of books will be a great start for him when he's about 5 or 6. I look forward to reading this one to him along with the other great adventure stories. (Huck Finn, Tom Saywer, Three Musketeers, King Arthur, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, etc.)

Down side of this story: It's always, "What is that? Let'
I read The Swiss Family Robinson By: Johann Wyss. It is a 3 point book with 238 pages in it. The Swiss Family Robinson wanted to start a new life, so they got all of the stuff they would need for a new life. They got a boat and started their journey. They had many obstacals all out at sea, but they could over turn this one. They ran into a big rock and there was a leak, and a ton of water come in. So they got in a row boat and got as much as they could to survive on an island nearby. So they row ...more
Makayla Coffey
The Swiss family Robinson is about a British family that gets ship wrecked on a tropical island. The family realizes that the chances of rescue are slim so they build a life for themselves on the island. They make a tree house and other places that are all booby trapped, because pirates lurk just off the island. Another ship is attacked by the pirates and a runaway girl disguises herself as a boy and in her escape she runs into the Swiss family. Then the pirates attack and the family must protec ...more
Rita Hestand
Aug 11, 2009 Rita Hestand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that once written can never be quite as good as the next. It is a first in it's field and exceptional in content.
The characters are believable, the drama keeps you on edge as to what happens next. It is delightful and like Robinson Caruso, it can't be duplicated. Once you've read it, you don't forget it, and the tale is
like a fairy tale that will go down in history as a one of a kind.

Every kid should read this. And enjoy it. What a wonderful book!
Apr 22, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an EXCELLENT series, a great way to introduce younger readers to all the classics! My sister and I had a ball going through our rather extensive collection! Over the years, I've read many of the original classics as well, but I haven't gotten to all of them yet. The Swiss Family Robinson is an example. I'll be sure to include both the actual classic and its GIC counterpart when I put together my own children's library!
Fiddle Monkey
Jan 15, 2016 Fiddle Monkey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked that the family had courage to go on a trip. It was sad they were shipwrecked, but then it was happy when they got to the island because they made a home there. There was a girl on the Island that was dressed up like a sailor because those were the only clothes she had to wear for three years. Two of the sons from the Swiss family get off the island when a ship came. And then the rest of the family stayed in their home on the island.
Jan 31, 2010 Natali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this is nothing like the movie! This was a slower book. There wasn't a lot of action and the story took place over years. The thing that I liked was the unity and the interactions with the family and how the Parent's raised their boys. That drove me crazy watching the movie and seeing how much they were fighting. It wasn't like that in the book at all. I loved how they obeyed the Sabbath and worshiped God and gave thanks to Him. It is a good family book.
Jan 11, 2015 R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you thought Disney had this one verbatim, you will find yourself arguing with the author on nearly every page. As a standalone story, it was great fun although I personally found it annoying that his wife was always referred to as "he mother" while the children were allowed to have names and identities. The biggest surprise for me is that the treehouse idea came from the mother!!!
Jun 22, 2012 Lohith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read for children but not for adults. Many unrealistic events happen during the course. Hence not suitable for adults. Otherwise its a pretty good book. However there is no detailed explantion of any situation. But with illustrations on every other page. It might help you fill in the missing details.
Mar 20, 2008 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My children and I read this one which is a great adventure story and raised alot of discussion about how little you need to actually survive. We were absolutely appalled at Fritz and his mindless killing of animals - it sort of became a joke as we read further into the story. "Watch out! Here comes Fritz!"

David Hill
Jan 24, 2014 David Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really interested in this book. This specially adapted version was easy to read and funny.
The book was focused on the Robinson family from the view point of Mr. Robinson. After his family was shipwrecked, they had to start a new life on a nearby island.
This book's theme is one of self preservation, and family.
Dec 28, 2013 Huma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This pocket book version was given to me sometime when I was 10 years old. Along with Robinson Crusoe and The Coral Islands, this was one of my favorite stranded island story. In fact, I remember reading it year after year during my school summer holidays. I think I also finally got around to reading an unabridged version some years later.
Mar 14, 2016 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Swiss Family Robinson was a book about the Robinson family. They were traveling to an island to start a colony. One night a storm started and it was really bad. It wrecked their ship on some rocks and the crew took all of the life boats trying to find land. In the morning it was really nice outside and there was no sign of the storm or the crew.
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