The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
The Swiss Family Robinson is about a Christian family who is shipwrecked on a tropical island. They are very resourceful. They make shelters and tools and tame and raise animals. This story is basically the Father’s journaling of their daily activities.
They regularly come across new animals and each time seem to capture one to tame. They’ve come across all sorts of birds including black swans, flamingos and pigeons and even and ostrich. They’ve found monkeys, jackal, pigs, buffalo, horses, donkeys, lions and more. In addition to all their animal discoveries. They are quite resourceful with the plant life.
They find plants that can make a rubbery substance to coat their shoes and clothes making them waterproof, plants that are full of fibers used as thread, and various other properties. I will admit that I would like to research the plants mentioned to see if they really do have these properties. If the ideas presented are based on truth, this would be a good survivalist book.
Their survival insists on their hunting for food, but there are times when it is quite disturbing, like when they kill a whole group of monkeys and the bodies have to be thrown into a pit.
They spend over ten years on the island without contact from the outside world. Eventually, a ship comes to their island and they must choose whether to stay or return to a world they once knew.
We enjoyed this as a read-aloud for the most part, but some parts seemed to just drag on.