Swiss Family Robinson
About the Author
Johann Wyss (1743-1818)
Johann David Wyss: May 28, 1743 – January 11, 1818) was a Swiss author, best remembered for his book The Swiss Family Robinson (Der schweizerische Robinson) (1812). He was born and died in Bern. 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. (From Wikipedia)
Swiss Family Robinson (1812)
Following a wild and raging storm, the Swiss family Robinson are stranded at sea. But the thundering waves have swept them off to a tropical island, where a new life awaits them. Their ship is laden with supplies and the island is packed with treasures, so they soon adapt and discover new dangers and delights every day.
Questions for Swiss Family Robinson
As they are leaving the ship, each member of the family grabs supplies that they think will be important. What would you take? What do you think is the most important item to have on a deserted island?
Papa has a lot of knowledge that helps the family build a life for themselves. Do you have any knowledge that would be useful on a deserted island?
The family builds different kinds of homes all over the island. Which home would you most like to live in? What kind of home would you build for yourself?
Papa says that the wintertime made the family feel like prisoners. Have you ever felt this way? Why were you cooped up?
Were you surprised that half the family decided to stay on the island? How did you expect the book to end? What would you have done in their position?
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