Author: Johan Rudulf Wyss
Publisher: Dar al Bihar (2004)
Pages: 685 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Bilingual English-Arabic version of “The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johan Rudulf Wyss.
Dual language books. The English and Arabic pages are facing each other, matching one-on-one with English on the left page, Arabic on the right page. Easy reference for individuals not strong in one of the languages. Well known fiction titles for different interests and levels.
Description of the Book:
A family on their way to New Guinea is chased by pirates into a storm. The captain and crew abandon the ship leaving the family shipwrecked off an uninhabited island. Father and his two eldest sons Fritz and Ernst salvage as much as they can from the wreck including livestock, tools, and even an organ. The three men construct a tree-house home on the island while the youngest boy Francis investigates the wildlife (and starts an impressive collection of animals) and Mother prays to be rescued. While on the ship, gathering what can be removed, the pirates return and begin shooting at the ship. Fritz and Ernst begin readying the ship's cannon, but they only have one shot. Suddenly, the pirates turn around; Father has put up a flag indicating the ship is under quarantine and that there is Black Death aboard.
Fritz and Ernst head off to explore the island and try to see if anyone else lives on it or if it is connected to any other lands. While at a distant corner of the island, they again spot the pirates who originally drove them into the storm. The pirates have captured another ship and have the ship's captain and cabin boy "Bertie" captives for ransom. Fritz and Ernst rescue Bertie but the captain, Bertie's grandfather stays behind. The three dodge the pirates and head back to the family's treehouse. Enroute, they discover that Bertie is really Roberta and not a boy at all. The three fend off snakes and hyenas as they head home. They arrive back at the treehouse at Christmas.
Father realizes the pirates will try to reclaim her and decides to make a stand against them. Defenses are prepared by building booby-traps and fortifying a rocky outcropping. They blow up the ship's wreckage in an attempt to make it difficult for the pirates to remember where the family went aground. While prepping for the pirate attack, Fritz and Ernst vie for the affections of Roberta. Ernst is more studious and attempts to sway her with his knowledge and intelligence while Fritz, older and not studious, uses his charm and physical attributes to attract her. Fritz and Ernst eventually come to blows over her and are only stopped by the intervention of Father. He declares the next day the first holiday for "New Switzerland" in an attempt to divert everyone. While prepping for the race (everyone has an animal to ride: Francis has the elephant, Ernst the ostrich, Roberta the zebra, the monkey on Duke, etc.) When Mother fires the gun to signal the start of the race, the pirates, who are at that time sailing the coast looking for the place they last saw the ship that brought the family to the island, hear the gun and know the family is near.
Led by their captain the pirates storm the island. The family manages a brave defense but are sorely pressed. Their defenses include pits with a tiger in it, rock piles, a log pile, and coconut bombs (hollowed out coconuts filled with gunpowder with a fuse). They think they have routed the pirates, but they instead are sneaking around the back of the fort. Francis much-maligned "pirate alarm" is the only thing that warns them of the surprise rear attack. They begin defending the fortress but are soon down to only a few shots with their muskets. At this critical moment, a ship appears on the horizon captained by Roberta's grandfather. The pirates are routed. The islanders rejoice. Father, Mother, and Francis choose to remain on the island while Ernst departs for a European university with the rescuers. Fritz and Roberta plan to marry and make the island their home.
These special, condensed novels are intended for English speakers to learn Arabic, by reading side by side versions of these simplified famous novels.