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The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
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Jul 05, 08


(I never read this as a child) A novel set sometime in the mid 1800s. An immigrant family is shipwrecked somewhere in an isolated area, possibly an island off the coast of Africa or in southeast asia. The book is never specific about it. All the crew deserts the ship and are presumably lost. The family of mother, Father and 4 boys ages 15 to 7 are able to get to shore and set up in building a place to live. They are able through ingenuity, to get all usable things off the ship including animals.

While the book is written for teenagers it does draw one into the story of survival and how they use their wits to survive and thrive. I liked the book by my only criticism would be that everything seemed to work out. There weren’t really any trials. Perhaps if you have all the contents of a ship to deal with you could do it. I don’t know when the book was written.
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