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This classic story of a Swiss family - pastor, wife and four sons -shipwreaked on an uninhabited island (most fortunately blessed with an unlikely profusion of natural resources) was written by a Swiss army chaplain for the entertainment of his own four sons. The family adventures in survival; also provided a useful starting point for lessons in natural history. First published in Zurich in 1812-13, the story was translated into French and English shortly afterwards and has appeared in many versions ever since. When, in 1909, the American artist Louis John Rhead was invited to illustrate the Robinson's adventures, he based his numerous drawings on 'sketches made in the tropics. '

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857159332
ISBN-10: 1857159330
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 20mm x 160mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publisher: Everyman
Publish Date: 6-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » A rereading of the original, beloved in childhood, reveals its old-fashioned wordiness, so perhaps an abridgement is needed to introduce it to today's 3rd to 5th graders. But in this abridgement much of the fascination, the enchantment, of the original is wholly lost. The illustrations, too, in stereotyped drawings and sentimental color pictures do nothing to enhance the text. There are better presentations of this story, which even today is a classic in the field of tales of castaways. (Kirkus Reviews)

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