Word of Mouth - Swiss Family Robinson
The book Robinson Crusoe, written in by Daniel Defoe in 1719, is said to be the first English novel. The book’s success launched the Robinson genre – epic stories about the lost and the shipwrecked.
One of Garry's favourite TV shows as a kid was Lost in Space which follows the Robinson family, the nasty Dr Smith and a robot whose favourite phrase was "Danger! Danger! Danger!"
Even the Swiss got in on the act. The Swiss Family Robinson lived in a novel written by a Swiss pastor Johann David Wyss, published in German in 1812. The Swiss Robinsons were shipwrecked on an island. Hmm, sounds familiar.
Wyss wrote the book to teach his four sons about family values, survival, self reliance, animal husbandry and nature. Wyss let his imagination fly. Their new island home which they called The New Switzerland is inhabited by an impossible array of plants and animals. There are platypuses, rhinos, zebras, walruses, moose, tigers, giraffes, penguins, brown bears, koalas, wolves, elephants, flamingos, ostriches and wombats to name a few – in fact almost every animal known to David Attenborough appears in the book...