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  •  Swiss Family Robinson (6+ / 0-)

    I read it because it's a classic and it sounded like an interesting premise. I used to like My Side of the Mountain when I was a kid, and it sounded like a deeper version of that.
    But when I read it I was extremely disappointed. Maybe it would have been better when I was a kid, but I doubt it. It literally defied belief. Every time they needed something or wanted something an animal or plant, no matter if it came from an entirely different part of the world from where their 'island' was, would conveniently appear. And how big was this island anyway to support all these different climates and species? I mean you had elephants and tigers, and kangaroos, and ostriches, plants only found in North America or South America, monkeys, buffalo, etc. Herds and herds of animals, and an island it took weeks to cross? I expected the religious parts, given its time period, and I skimmed past that well enough. But the complete mish mash of animals and climates was.. insane. Maybe people of the time didn't know enough of the world to dis-believe it, but I can't see anyone from the modern world actually enjoying that book, and I sure wouldn't recommend it for children, unless the intent was to point out the disparities.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:13:42 AM PST

    •  That's fascinating, FloridaSNMOM, I had no idea (4+ / 0-)

      That was one childhood classic that got by me.  I spent part of my childhood in Singapore, which was a British Crown Colony in those days, and I was so busy reading Richmal Crompton's William books and everything by Enid Blyton that I didn't get to the Swiss family.

      I'm collecting books for my little granddaughter, soon to be four, but thanks to the information you've imparted I'll skip that one.  :)

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:25:51 AM PST

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      •  I read it this past fall.. (3+ / 0-)

        because I was considering using it for home school with one of the kids. But there's no way, they're both way too smart for that book, they'd be yelling at it like I was lol. I somehow missed a lot of the classics as well as a kid, I was more into Science fiction/fantasy, and we didn't have a lot of assigned reading in school despite my heavy lit/composition class load I took in high school.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:37:44 AM PST

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