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This month we revisited one of our all-time favorite books, Swiss Family Robinson, in honor of the Poppins Book Nook theme celebrating the Great Outdoors. As part of our Poppins Book Nook tradition, we’re sharing with you a FREE Printable Plant Journal to enjoy your very own great outdoors and encourage you to delve into Swiss Family Robinson with us!
Make sure to read all the way through to download your FREE printable and for your chance to enter to win this month’s giveaway!
Swiss Family Robinson was written by Johann David Wyss, a Swiss pastor, husband and father of four sons. When his children were young he would tell them stories to help teach moral lessons. He often told his children the story of the Swiss Family Robinson — a story based on the classic story Robinson Crusoe. Many years later Johann Rudolf Wyss (Johann David Wyss’ son) asked his father for permission to publish the story of the Swiss Family Robinson that he had enjoyed so much as a child. Johann Rudolf Wyss was a professor of philosophy at Bern (Switzerland) and the author of the Swiss national anthem.
What I love about classic literature is that you can typically find an abridged version to enjoy with the younger children of your family. So while my 14-year old read the original, unabridged version (Puffin Classics), my 8-year old twins enjoyed the Classics Starts adaptation. After reading the story, we then watched the 1960s classic Swiss Family Robinson from the Walt Disney Vault collection.
I mentioned earlier that we “revisited” Swiss Family Robinson. We originally read this wonderful story as part of our Book Club Co-op several years ago. In fact, this was one of the original books that inspired us to share our work via our World Study Guides! The end result was our World Study Guide for Swiss Family Robinson. Here are some of the fun activities our Book Club did when we originally read Swiss Family Robinson:
Now for the FREEbie!
Being stranded on a deserted island forced the Swiss Family Robinson to learn to live off of the land. They found and grew many plants, including cassava, cotton, guava, pineapple, potato, sugar cane and more. We decided to let the kids plant some easy to grow vegetables and track their progress using a plant journal. Download our FREE Printable My Plant Journal today and start your very own garden as you enjoy Johann David Wyss’s Swiss Family Robinson!
Poppins Book Nook Great Outdoors Bundle Giveaway!
Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the classic storybook Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping as no one brings that certain flair and fun to the great outdoors like Amelia Bedelia. The winner will also win an Uncle Milton Nat Geo Starry Night Lantern so whether you live in the countryside or in the city your child can experience some of the great outdoors while reading your storybook.
Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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