"The Swiss Family Robinson is about the Robinson family comprising the father, mother and their four young sons who get shipwrecked on their way from Switzerland to New Guinea.
Before long, the family is on shore and exploring a deserted island full of exotic animals, charming locations and hidden dangers. Cut off from the comforts and companionship of other humans, they use their familiarity with natural history to find the resources and build the tools to construct a canoe, weave cloth, irrigate a garden, tame animals and construct dwellings.
Soon they become masters of their new environment, rising to its many challenges and using their ingenuity to avail themselves of its abundant resources. This adventurous tale of survival demonstrates how one can overcome odds through sheer grit and determination; optimism; boundless enthusiasm; perseverance; hard work and self-reliance."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Johann David Wyss was a Swiss author, best remembered for his book The Swiss Family 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 German 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. Wyss has been described as an author whose style was "firmly Christian and moral in tone".