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!
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.
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.
"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