Book Reviews of Abel's Island

Abel's Island
Abel's Island
Author: William Steig
ISBN-13: 9780374400163
ISBN-10: 0374400164
Pages: 128
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1
Author of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and the Dr. Desoto books, this is a chapter book about a mouse who gets swept away by a rainstorm and ends up on an 'island'. If you like Charlotte's Web you'll like this one!
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I enjoyed this little book, but I am a middle aged grown up. I like William Steig's drawings and the story. However, I would be quite surprised if children enjoyed it. The main character is a bourgeois (mouse) person who is thrown into a wilderness situation and experiences the seasons outdoors.
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This story truly deserves its classic status and Newbery Honor - first pub. in 1976, this copy in 1985. I recommend it for family reading and discussion. Abel's Island will bring up many questions - it is a story told simply, in beautiful prose, with very deep ideas. The author is also the illustrator and his black and white drawings wonderfully amplify the text.
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"There was no trouble in locating the best book of the year, William Steig's Abel's Island...Abelard is, one hopes, all of us-proud, resourceful, despairing, persevering and, eventually, triumphant. And so is Mr. Steig triumphant in the quality of his prose-nor has he stinted on the quality and quantity of his illustrations." --George A. Woods, The New York Times