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The Swiss Family Robinson (Great Illustrated Classics) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-- It goes without saying that, in the process of condensing and rewriting these books down to a fourth-grade reading level, most of the distinguished aspects of the works--writing style, language, atmosphere, characterization--have been sacrificed for a simple, not to say simplistic, master-plots approach that conveys the incidents but fails to impart the justification for their continuing endurance in the canon of juvenile literature. The books are illustrated with some attention paid to the sense of the plots and characters. For those who persist in the fallacy that knowing what the so-called "classics" of children's literature are about is a satisfactory substitution for actually experiencing them by reading the original, this series is acceptable. For the rest of us, it's as if someone's painted a guppy white and called it Moby Dick. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Retold by John Kennett; Illustrated by Jane Taylor, Genus Art. The retelling brings this classic story within the grasp of the younger reader where an unabridged text would prove daunting. In preparing the series, careful attention has been paid to the reading and interest levels of children. This new series of Illustrated Chosen Classics is a collection of the world's most famous stories, especially retold for children. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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That said, I never read this before, and as with many children's movies and books I'm often wincing through parts of the book when I see what I consider more adult stuff, even though my children don't apparently notice or care if they kill and cook everyone's favorite zoo animals throughout the book. I'm like "Oh look flamingos! We saw those at the zoo the other day... (trail off)... oh they killed and ate it..." Anyhow, obviously with survival on an island there is a substantial amount of killing animals involved and done by kids. I'm not really opposed to this, but phew... different world than now and I'm realizing that if my son had a better attention span, I'd have a lot of questions to answer. I'm looking forward to reading this with him when he's older, better able to understand how different things were, and when we can actually have a discussion about the book.
The value of being optimistic is taught through the example of this Swiss family. Being shipwrecked on an uninhabited island, they immediately explore the island and find many useful things through their ingenuity and problem solving. Because they work hard, they are able to find many foods and other plants that are useful to their survival.
Throughout this story, you consistently see how each family member is valued, each family member uses their talents as best they can to help and serve one another. In life, we must focus on others. Trying to help others makes life more fulfilling, and helps us refine our talents.