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The Swiss Family Robinson
Johann David Wyss
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When a family is shipwrecked on a desert island they have many adventures meant to teach young readers moral lessons about such traditional Christian values as frugality, husbandry, and cooperation. The adventures are also presented as a series of lessons in natural history and the physical sciences.

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Nov. 7, 2013
Good book but about 3/4 through it got tedious with all the detail of the family's building efforts. Overall, it was good reading.
 
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Nov. 7, 2013
The book was good, but the content seemed to repeat.
 
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Nov. 7, 2013
I loved this one as a kid...and remember it with fond memories.
 
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Nov. 7, 2013
I had fond memories of an abridged version of this book as a child, however reading the whole thing now has left me a little disappointed. Its a little too repetitive and slightly straightforward in its plot.<br/><br/>The characters have no shades of gray which may be understandable since this is primarily a Children's classic. However if you're an adult trying to rekindle an old flame read another one, this may not suit your current tastes.
 
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Feb. 28, 2019
I'm reading a few children's classics as I don't remember them from childhood, if I ever read them. About thirty pages in and the monotony was getting to me. Written in 1812 by a minister of the church as a tale for his children, the date is important as the standards of a 'morally sound middle-class' of that time are present throughout, and in the early 19th C, they would have been strongly influenced by religious values. The book is used as a vehicle for teaching morals, and I think, moral from a biblical perspective, understandable because of the date of writing and the author being a minister. It feels like an early attempt at an adventure story, but for children (boys) in the early 1800's. It's a fantasy, for kids. It's not an entreaty for equality and diversity. I found it grindingly dull and over-simplistic. I dislike giving up on books but I was rushing through to just get it out of the way. But I am an adult, not a nine year child (boy).There are some lessons in it that might come in handy: how to shape a gourd into a useable bottle, for example! It's also a tale of connection, between father/parent and his children, his sons. In a positive, respectful way.
The Swiss Family Robinson
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