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William's Steig's Abel's Island tells the story of a mouse who gets swept away from his beloved wife—a truly timeless classic about life's simple pleasures.
Abel's place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness--he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones--Abel can't find a way to get back home.
Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river--and home.
Abel's time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world he's separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear Amanda again.
Abel's Island is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1977 Newbery Honor Book. It was adapted to a short animated film directed by Michael Sporn in 1988.
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- ASIN : B00DTDFO2E
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (July 30, 2013)
- Publication date : July 30, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 5756 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 132 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312371438
- Best Sellers Rank: #551,364 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is about a wealthy mouse named Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint who lives quite a stylish and pampered lifestyle until the day he is swept away in a ferocious rainstorm while attempting to rescue his wife Amanda's scarf. He ends up stranded on an island where he is forced to ponder ways to survive. Having lived so luxuriously (purely relying on his mother's inheritance) Abel is unaccustomed to having to fend for himself but we soon discover he is an extremely tenacious little creature with a dogged, unflagging spirit. He is determined to survive and is quite an imaginative and resourceful rodent. When a voracious owl begins to hunt him he masterfully evades it. He scurries along in his torn, tattered clothes, eventually finding shelter in hollowed out log. He scavenges for seeds (as opposed to his normal repast of champagne, croissant and caviar) and attempts to build vessels and bridges to get back to civilization. He fails constantly, but perseveres. (A great lesson, of course, for any child.) As the months go by Abel realizes he may never return to his beloved Amanda or his security and opulence, however he also begins to question that sybaritic lifestyle and if he really desires it. He starts to make peace with his life on the island. He gains an appreciation of nature and discovers a courageousness he never knew he had. He is, ultimately, smarter and bolder and emotionally richer because of the entire experience.
Abel's Island is a beautifully written book with divine illustrations. It's quite similar to Robinson Crusoe and my daughter was enchanted by it. She genuinely cared about Abel and was proud of how he persevered against the odds. She also readily absorbed the books major themes about survival and what constitutes a meaningful life.
I'm not a big book guy but this one means a lot to me. I remember reading this in 5th grade. Always drawing pictures in the style of this book and coming up with my own adventures for Abel in my head and on paper.
A lovely picnic turns wet and stormy, and a loving husband, who happens to be mouse, is separated from his beloved because he chases her scarf, blown off by the raging wind. It is unclear if his scarf retrieval is an act of chivalry, or obsessive possessiveness. Possibly both. This one grand gesture winds up marooning this husband for a year, on an island, as he longs to make his way back to his wife mouse.
A re-telling of the Odyssey, it works with charm and none of the literary hang-ups of writers who worry about too much tell (it's mostly that) or lowering the vocabulary to kid-friendly words. The result is a small masterpiece.
Our daughter and son-in-law have a rule...one toy for birthdays, Christmas, et cetera. This exception does not apply to books. So that is what we buy our granddaughter.