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The Swiss Family Robinson (Great Illustrated Classics)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,127 ratings  ·  62 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
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Published December 3rd 2005 by Abdo Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1983)
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Ashley
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
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
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Jack Rowden
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
Dillon
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
Loraine
This version of the Swiss Family Robinson was written for upper elementary level children. It would be an enjoyable read for them particularly boys.
Erin  Buerk
This book is a bloodbath!
Kate Z
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
Rob
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Elaine
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
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
R
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!!!
Maura
This is a great story about how a family survives, by working together, on a deserted island. Apparently this is a diluted and watered down version which doesn't include half of the killing and enslaving that is found in the original version. So this is great for kids - but just know that it isn't the original classic
David Hill
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.
Janice
My kids (6 & 4) loved this book. I didn't mind reading it but the story is just so unrealistic. Maybe it was because it was an abridged version that left out many details
Michelle
I read this to my oldest two sons years ago and I am currently reading it to my youngest son. This edition is a great read together book full of action and adventure.
Kerry
Read with my 6yo son. He really liked it. A great version of the book to read with kids with illustrations and such.
B.B.
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04mitchn
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
Rain
Probably my favorite book of all time.
Adele
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'
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Abdiqani
because I want to read
Shauna
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
Rita Hestand
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!
Erika Ulring
This will be great reading for growing children -- adventure, faith and perseverance.
Natali
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.
Sarah
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!
Elise
Jan 15, 2014 Elise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Israel Hanson
I absolutley loved this book! After reading it we tried watching the movie, and it was NOT going by the book at all... good book, though!
Huma
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.
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