The Swiss Family Robinson (Puffin Classics)

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A terrible storm strands a Swiss pastor, with his wife and four sons, on a tropical island. Luckily, the Robinsons are optimistic and inventive, and with what they salvage from the wrecked ship, and the island's abundant fruits, plants and animals, they soon adapt, each day discovering new dangers, skills and deilghts in their strange new life.

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This new series of Illustrated Chosen Classics is a collection of the world's most famous stories, especially retold for children.

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Johann David-May 28, 1743 in Bern – January 11, 1818 in Bern- was a Swiss author, best remembered for his book The Swiss Family Robinson -Der schweizerische Robinson-1812. It is said that he was inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, but wanted to write a story from which his own children would learn, as the father in the story taught important lessons to his children. The Swiss Family Robinson was first published in 1812 and translated into English two years later. It has since become one of the most popular books of all time. The book was edited by his son, Johann Rudolf Wyss, a scholar who wrote the Swiss national anthem. Another son, Johann Emmanuel Wyss, illustrated the book. Unlike his son, Johann David Wyss lived up to the age of 74, dying in 1818. Wyss has been described as an author whose style was "firmly Christian and moral in tone".

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