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Book Review: Swiss Family Robinson By: Denise January 17, 2012
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss was originally a German novel named Der Schweizerische Robinson. It was written in the 18th century and was officially published in 1812. Wyss was a pastor for a Swiss church, and wrote Swiss Family Robinson to teach his four sons about good husbandry and family virtues. One of his sons, Johann Rudolf Wyss edited it. Many have used this book to portray the same important and purposeful virtues, like courage, cooperation, harmony with one another, coping with the loss of a loved family pet, using creativity etc. Through the centuries, there have been many adaptations, translations, and additional but, the most acknowledged is probably the English version that was written in 1879 by William H.G Kingston.
The Swiss Family Robinson is about a Swiss family, who, on their way to Australia, get hit by a storm. The captain and the crew all jump overboard, but The Swiss family don’t desert off the ship, instead they try their hardest to save the ship. The family includes six people, William (the father), Elizabeth (the mother), and Ernest, Fritz, Jack, and Francis (the sons). Together, they pull through the storm and survive. When the storm subsides, they can see land, but they have big problems – one of them is they have animals on board! They ponder this problem for quite a while, eventually, Jack has a good idea, but with lots of holes. They reach and island, for many years they live there, content with what they had, and they encountered many sad, some happy, and but the majority are exciting adventures, including an encounter with a stranger. Then a ship comes! It’s a Swiss ship and they are here to rescue the Swiss family and their friend
This book is very similar to the life of the author, who had four sons, a wife, and was a pastor like William. This story was a legacy for Johann’s family like many authors who write books for their children and families. This book is a very well written book, both with good writing structure and the important virtues of life. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading adventure, and to parents who want to teach their kids about the important virtues of life in a fun way. For younger kids, I would suggest an easier version, because there are a lot of translations and most are very hard to understand
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Chloe's review on Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis
Billy Banister learns of his dragon past; Bonnie Silver, an orphan, already knows of her dragon past. Together, using their faith, courage, and love, they try to overcome the malicious dragon slayer. In school, Billy is nicknamed “Dragon Breath” for an obvious reason. He has breath that is, literally, as hot as fire! Disaster strikes when Billy sets off the boys restroom sprinklers with his flaming breath. Finally, his parents decide they’ve kept their secret for too long. When Billy discovers that his father was once a dragon, he feels betrayed, deceived, and lost. However, when Billy is trapped by the dragon slayer on a misty mountaintop, he learns to battle with weapons of spirit and of a power he does not understand.
I think the book was well written, but personally I don’t enjoy fantasy, I don’t think I will be reading the rest of the series.
Jonah's review on Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis
The life of Billy Banister is turned up side down when he finds out that his father is a dragon in human skin! When the new principal of his school turns out to be a dragon slayer thing get worst. Bonnie Silver, aka Bonnie Backpack wears a backpack 24/7 to hide her half dragon wings. When Billy and Bonnie meet, they run for their lives from the evil slayer.
I recommend this book for kids that like action, adventure and suspense. The age range should be about 12 and up. Why? Because the book can be violent in parts. The book is all about faith and shows God can help us help us in difficult times.
Sofi's review on Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. READ BOOK FIRST.
Plot: 15 year-old Billy Bannister learns a disturbing secret; his father was once a dragon. As a result, he inherited some dragon traits. Taken off guard by the shocking truth, he soon begins to question his trust in his father. Not long after, he meets 14 year-old Bonnie Silver, an orphan in foster care, that hides an astounding secret: she has wings, inherited from her dragon mother. Together, they embark on a spine-tingling adventure to fulfill an ancient prophecy.
Positive Role Models: Both Billy and Bonnie show remarkable faith and trust in God as their protector. Their courage and willingness to serve are continuing assets throughout the series. Mrs. Bannister also showed extreme bravery, in that she didn’t completely lose it when her husband died.
My Take: Personally, I thought this book was extremely well written, and very thought-provoking as well. I enjoyed the constant displays of faith through hard times. I couldn’t put down the book once I started it, and immediately had to read the next ones when I was finished. Some of the situations are a little intense, and I found myself shaking afterwards. All in all, it was a really good book expressing the qualities of faith rarely found in today’s youth. It should be an inspiration to us, to give our generation a chance to prove that instead of sloppy, irresponsible teens, we can be faithful and devoted followers of Christ.
Book review Pilgrim's Progress by Laura.
Little Pilgrim’s Progress is a story about a boy named Christian, who after hearing about the King’s love decided to start his pilgrimage and make his way to the celestial city. Christian met many people on the way who tried to get him to leave the King’s way, and go to the wicked prince’s castle. Some people followed Christian, and helped him to succeed. The main idea that John Bunyan is trying to convey is that life isn’t easy; there will be troubles and some people will try to convince you to leave Gods path. But if you trust in him it will be worth it in the end. I would suggest Little Pilgrim’s Progress for young teens.
Book Review for “Pilgrim’s Progress”
Pilgrim’s Progress is literally about a pilgrim’s progress, or, in other words, it explains the journey of a Christian’s life. In this version of the story, it is written as the author’s dream.
The pilgrim’s name is Christian. In the beginning of the story, he has a big burden on his back, which is sin. He is reading the bible and is concerned about what it says. He read that he will die if he isn’t saved.
With help from a person named “Evangelist”, he decides to start the journey to the Celestial City. On the way he meets many different people, who either help him or try to discourage him and lead him onto different paths that eventually take him to hell. Sometimes those people tempt him and he almost goes the wrong way, but then he always fights, ignores them, and stays focused on the path to the Celestial City. He learns lots of things and makes new friends during his pilgrimage.
It was fun to try to relate the things that happened to Christian to real life. For instance, when a monster fights Christian, that is like Satan trying to bring us down with lies and sins.
I really enjoyed this book. I’d recommend it to anyone because it has a great theme. I think the theme is that even when things get very tough, we can do anything through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).