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Boxed Edition of THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON by Johann Wyss and Illustrated beautifully by Lynd Ward

The Special contents of this edition are copyright, 1949, by Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.

Written by Swiss pastor Johann David Wyss and edited by his son Johann Rudolf Wyss, the novel was intended to teach his four sons about family values, good husbandry, the uses of the natural world and self-reliance. Wyss's attitude toward education is in line with the teachings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and many of the episodes have to do with Christian-oriented moral lessons such as frugality, husbandry, acceptance, cooperation, etc. The adventures are presented as a series of lessons in natural history and the physical sciences, and resemble other, similar educational books for children in this period. However, this novel differs in that it is modeled on Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, a genuine adventure story and presents a geographically impossible array of mammals (including pangolins, porcupines,
capybaras, camels, monkeys, lions, leopards, tigers, bears, onagers, peccaries, wild boars, tapirs, mustangs, kangaroos, elephants, hyenas, wolves, giraffes, jackals, walruses, platypuses, koalas, wombats, dingos, zebras, bison, rhinos, hippos, and moose) and flora that probably could never have existed together (including the rubber plant, flax, coconut palms, sago palms, fir trees, cinnamon trees, Myrica cerifera, cassava, potatoes, rice, and an entirely fictitious kind of sugar cane) on a single island for the children's edification, nourishment, clothing and convenience.

A Fabulous Classic story for homeschoolers or any student...teaching great values to children.

Boxed Illustrated Junior Library Edition
copyright 1949
Kingsport Press, Inc.
Kingsport, Tennessee

Edition is in good vintage condition with all pages intact. A bit grungy with some staining and wear on cover, and box is also worn but still intact, an inscription is written inside on cover page...would make a great display book...overall good for being nearly 65 years old...

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss Illustrated by Lynd Ward


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