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The Swiss Family Robinson (Sterling Unabridged Classics) Hardcover – October 28, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: NC1190L (What's this?)
  • Series: Sterling Unabridged Classics
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; First American Edition edition (October 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402726023
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402726026
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this classic long ago and it left enough of an impression on me, through multiple childhood readings, that I still remember some of the lines word for word. The only problem is... they're not in here.

Now, I understand are that there are multiple translations and recensions of this work, so this COULD be an "unabridged" version of something closer to the original than what I first read - but if it is, then the original is nowhere near as charming and riveting as the version I recall. Everything here moves too quickly and simply, without suspense or detail; entire conversations are missing... and, most telling, "jumps" occur in which you think, "How did we get HERE?" This last is what makes me suspect that the "un-" was either an editor's mistake or a blatant bit of false advertising... but again, I'm no expert and don't have an "original" version to consult, nor could I read it except in an English translation anyway. Another point that makes the "unabridged" tag suspect is that some of the "lessons" are missing (i.e. Fritz getting scolded for "lying" that he brought nothing home with him, when his hands were obviously hiding something behind his back), and my understanding is that the author originally wrote this thing as one big lesson. (I may not agree with all the lessons, but why remove any part of a classic text?) The language, at least, hasn't been "dumbed down" for children (what an insult to children when we do that!), but it still reads like a simplified version of the story.

So I now own a book which I have little interest in reading, and have had to order another one... THIS time I used the "search inside this book" feature to find the exact lines I recalled from my childhood reading - and yes, I DID remember them exactly, they ARE in there.
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By BillyBobJoe on December 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Looking for the orginal and this is not it. I heard the original on a Librivox recording and absolutely loved it. In my opinion this is a poor substitute. There should be a law against calling this the unabridged version.
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Format: Hardcover
I agree with "Seeker's" review. This is not the same version I read as a child - I still have it. My son received this one for Christmas, and after reviewing it I returned it because it has been changed so much. Thanks to "Seeker" for the ISBN number!
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This book was in near mint condition when it arrived. Everything the seller listed was correct and we received it quickly.
I home school my children and I read it aloud to them. It is written in a more classic style and is therefore difficult to read aloud to children...I had to stop and explain fairly often.
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A Kid's Review on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book, full of adventure, danger, and most of all, exciting discoveries and dangerous endeavors, will capture your imagination immediately.

Taken from their father's journal, this exciting book will engage you. A family of four boys, a mother & a father were shipwrecked on a desolate island w/absolutely no other people except themselves. Trying to survive in this dangerous wilderness is quite a job. Setting up several plantations, discovering giant skeletons, having an encounter w/a lion and lioness... these are only a few of the many exciting adventures they have.

This book I recommend for boys ages 8 and up. Girls may not be as interested as there are few female characters. I like reading this long book because of all the adventures in it. (Be sure to read the unabridged edition.) Like to read? Then you will like this book.

-G.H.P. 10 years
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