Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson is the story of the Robinson family who survive a shipwreck and are marooned onto a nearby island. The family quickly sets about preparing themselves to survive on the island, beginning with finding food, building temporary shelter, and finding supplies on the ship and around the island.
While the men build the tree house, Mrs. Robinson spends her time taking care of domestic needs. She makes dinner for the family and finds ways to use parts of the animal, a porcupine, for other household uses, such as sewing needles.
As the house grew higher in the trees, Mrs. Robinson created harnesses for the animals and attached them to a pulley system to help hoist supplies up into the house. She also wrangles the animals and decides the best ways to use and breed them so that they will flourish on the island.