Chapter 1 :
The Robinsons' ship hits some rocks after a bad storm.However, they decide to spend the night on the ship.The next day, the children[Fritz,Ernest,Jack and Frank]explore the ship,find useful things and animals and they make a boat.
They arrive on the island the next day.They make a tent with sailcloth and beds with grass.They find shelfish and use the shells as spoons to eat soup.They also save the corn to sow later.
They explore the island to look for people.They find a variety of plants,sugar cane,coconuts and gourds to make utensils.One of the dogs kills a monkey and the children take its baby to the tent.
Father and Fritz spend two nights on the ship collecting more things.They tie barrels to the animals[a pig,a donkey,and some ship and goats]to take them ashore.
Mum finds a perfect spot a cross the river for a new house.There are huge trees and it is cool so she thinks of a tree house.They build a bridge and cleverly take their animals a cross.
The children help Dad to make a rope ladder with bamboo steps.The chickens liked it.They also make a bow and arrows to save the gunpowder in case they meet dangerous mens.
They use the donkey to pull more wood.They make the floor of the tree house on two thick braches and hang a sail from a higher branch a roof.