3.24.2013

Review: The Swiss Family Robinson


The Swiss Family Robinson
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



A wholesome tale of taking dominion of God's good creation. I had never read this before, or seen the movie. You have to love nature to love this book. The long description of the animals and their building projects got a little tedious.

I read it out loud to the children, and when father got to monologuing about some obscure creature, they would say, "knows everything" with a roll of their eyes. But we could stick with it because something interesting would always happen within the next 2-3 paragraphs.

The story gives positive examples of industry, enterprise, resourcefulness and perseverance. It isn't too preachy - just a page at the end that lays it out. Not very literary, but there it is:

"Observe how blessed are the results of patient continuance in well-doing, what benefits arise from the thoughtful application of knowledge and science, and how good and pleasant a thing it is when brethren dwell together in unity, under the eye of parental love." - (pg 441)



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