Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
The Swiss Family Robinson (Sterling Unabridged Classics) Hardcover – October 28, 2006
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a gorgeous volume. A book as art, the way books deserve to be made!!Published 11 days ago by Magdalena Cohen
I love this book. Thank you so much. I first read it in 1953 in 2nd grade and it still was as good this time. Perhaps more classics are in order. Thanks muchPublished 22 months ago by frank storey
Johann David Wyss's THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON apparently has had a checkered textual history, especially in English translation, and even in this inexpensive handsome volume... Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by M. L. Asselin
I'm 52 yo. I read this book for the first time when I was 9, in the Portuguese version. Now I bought this pearl of literature to my young daughter. Read morePublished on October 3, 2007 by Jorge Luiz Alves