The Swiss Family Robinson

The Swiss Family Robinson By Johann David Wyss

This book, first published in 1812, tells the fictional story of a Swiss family surviving and thriving on a jungle island after a shipwreck.

The family is sailing from Europe to Australia.  After a fierce storm, they find the crew has abandoned the ship and they are aground in the broken vessel just off an island.  The father, the mother, and the four sons—Fritz, Ernest, Jack, and Franz—make a camp on the island and empty the ship of everything that is useful.  In time, they create a new life for themselves on an island that is rich with natural wonders.  One of the most memorable parts of the story is the treehouse that the family builds for its home.

This story has been told and retold so many times that the original version is almost lost.  The currently most well-known version is the Disney movie that was made in 1960.