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Abel's Island
by William Steig


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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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780312371432
  • ISBN-10: 0312371438
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publish Date: October 2007
  • Page Count: 117
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12

Series: Newbery Award & Honor Books (Paperback)

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Classics
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.

 
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