A Review of Swiss Family Robinson

swiss family robinson book summary

The Swiss Family Robinson Book Summary is an enjoyable read for those interested in this classic children’s story. The novel is set in a small village in south eastern Europe. The author, Stefanie Meyer, has managed to capture the essence of this idyllic setting through the choice of locations, the descriptions of everyday life, as well as, the characters. In fact, this book is suitable for children who are above the age of ten. This is also a fantastic book for people who want to know more about the lives of rabbits and what makes them tick.

An Overview

A young boy sitting on a table

The novel starts with the story of the family of the lead character, Jean, who is described as a caring family man who is devoted to his family. Although he has a close relationship with his brother, he has problems trying to relate to their father. As a result, he ends up befriending their uncle who is a failure as a father and husband as well. From this point of view, it is easy to understand why Jean finds it difficult to accept the death of his brother and accept his role as head of the family – a very important responsibility in any family. His feelings are compounded when his brother dies after being run over by a truck.

The novel rapidly moves forward as the young Robins grow up and move into their first home. The place is idyllic – it has all the amenities one would expect from a modern family. There are also a swimming pool, a gym, a library, and a restaurant. The only problem is that because the family is so poor, there is no money available to spend on such things. Money becomes a major problem as they must rely on food and the savings are eaten up within days.

The Twist

A person holding a piece of paper

As the years go by, the Robins learn that they have another child. They are delighted to discover that this child shares their father’s passion for sailing and the ocean. The relationship is wonderful – but this happiness is quickly marred by bouts of jealousy that seem to haunt them both. Eventually, though, there is peace. This is because the woman who was killed in the accident has been brought back to life and the family takes comfort in her presence.

A number of events occur which add to the excitement as well. An opportunity to save money on the family fishing boat arises when Jean is allowed to buy the boat from a man whose daughter he has just met. This leads to Jean’s marriage to Marina, an artist who belongs to an extremely wealthy family. There is also the possibility of setting up a successful business which would provide a great income for the family.

The novel is written in an engaging style that drags the reader rapidly from one end of the plot to the other. The novel is also full of humorous moments as well as some interesting political and international insights. The book summary also mentions that the author “starts out in the center of things, but ultimately everything revolves around the relationships between people, on their individual terms.” The author’s use of simple language and great descriptions of various places and objects, along with her clear writing style, make the reader feel empathy for the characters, which is a common trait in her novels.

My Swiss Family Robinson Book Sketches

There is a landscape of a small rural community in the mountains of Switzerland. It is also well done in describing the dynamics of the various relationships within the group. The author reminds the reader often of their individuality and beauty – not only in their physical appearance but also in their culture, language, customs and their beliefs. The book reminds the reader of the importance of keeping these differences in check so as to have a society where people can live happily together and work well together.


A large number of readers who have bought copies of the book have enjoyed it. It is not a book for young children, and some adults found the book quite disturbing, especially in regards to the scenes involving the death of the baby. But overall, the book was a page turner, and is highly entertaining. If you are looking for a fast and exciting read, this is a good choice.

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