The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss

The Swiss Family Robinson

By Johann D. Wyss
Level 9

Interestingly, author Johann David Wyss wrote only one book: The Swiss Family Robinson. However, his one book became one of the great classics of children’s literature, the title of the book being known today by virtually everyone in the United States. Inspired by Daniel Defoe’s book Robinson Crusoe, this book began when Wyss began creating and telling stories to his four sons about a family that was shipwrecked. Wyss used these stories as an opportunity to teach his children about moral character traits such as kindness, family unity, faith, and hard work. The Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson, to me, is not close to matching the true plot or greatness of this book. While geared more to boys, some girls would enjoy this book. Be aware that this book is long and difficult and not for reluctant readers.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)


Region Asia, East Indies
Period 19th Century, 1800s
Genre Fiction
Digital Format Audiobook, E-book
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • Audiobook
  • E-Book
  • 3 Entertainment Value
  • 5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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