Being a forty-something fourteen year old, I recently re-read The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss and found it pleasantly diverting. The timeless story of a family working together for a common goal seems at timed dated, but with a genuine sincerity that I found both warm and endearing.
Published in 1812 and influenced by and possibly based upon Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe, The Swiss Family Robinson is both an exciting adventure story and an instructional manual for Christian based morality for early Nineteenth Century dwellers.
I find the Robinson's heroically romantic as they conquer the island they so luckily find after being shipwrecked. The father comfortably teaches his four boys about hunting and how to do manly things while Elizabeth, the mother, dutifully cooks up whatever the menfolk hunt down after spending the day sewing.
Suggested for those who loved reading about Huck Finn and his friend Tom or Alice in her strange land of wonders or Emma setting up every dang person in her neighborhood. This is simply a good story and I whole-heartedly recommend it to readers of any age.
Dan @ Central