Swiss Family Robinson by Johann R. Wyss illustrated by Mervyn Peake 1957 The Heirloom Library

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Read or reread the classic adventure tale of Swiss Family Robinson by Johann R. Wyss, beautifully illustrated by Mervyn Peake. Published in 1957 by The Heirloom Library, this hardcover children’s book comes with a dust jacket and spans 255 pages. T

This book is perfect for young readers and collectors alike.


  • Title: Swiss Family Robinson
  • Author: Johann R. Wyss
  • Illustrator: Mervyn Peake
  • Publication Date: 1957
  • Publisher: The Heirloom Library
  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 255
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Language: English
  • Condition: Wear and tear on the dust jacket; "$1.00" written in pencil on inside page (check photos for specifics)

A Timeless Adventure:

The story follows a Swiss family shipwrecked on a deserted island during a storm. The family, consisting of father Johann, mother Elizabeth, and their four sons—Fritz, Ernst, Jack, and Franz—must use their resourcefulness to survive.

 They build shelters, hunt for food, domesticate animals, and explore the island. Despite facing wild animals, natural disasters, and hostile natives, the family remains resilient and thrives in their new environment. Themes of survival, family unity, and human resilience are central to this beloved tale.

Meet the Visionary Behind the Story:

Johann David Wyss, born on May 4, 1743, and died on January 11, 1818, was a Swiss pastor with a passion for literature and education. He is best known for The Swiss Family Robinson, first published in 1812.

Originally written in German, this adventure novel has been translated into numerous languages and remains a classic in children’s literature. Wyss’s storytelling emphasizes family, self-reliance, and the wonders of nature.

Why This Book Belongs in Your Collection:

  1. This classic tale of adventure and survival captivates readers with its engaging storyline and moral lessons.
  2. Mervyn Peake’s beautiful illustrations bring the story to life, making it a delightful read for children.
  3. A perfect addition to any collection of classic children's literature, it is ideal for young readers and book collectors.
  4. Encourage your child to explore the adventures and challenges faced by the Swiss family through this timeless story.

Bring Home This Classic Today:

This 1957 edition of Swiss Family Robinson is a must-have for young readers and fans of classic adventure tales. Add this beautifully illustrated book to your collection today!

Reading Recommendation:

Enhance your child’s love for reading and adventure with classic tales. Check out our article: "5 Ways to Improve Your Brainpower & Crush Your Goals With Books."

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