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eBook Abel's Island ePub

by William Steig

  • ISBN: 0374400164
  • Category: Animals
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: William Steig
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (November 1, 1985)
  • Pages: 128
  • ePub book: 1450 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1134 kb
  • Other: docx mbr lrf lit
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 572

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So begins William Steig's Newbery Honor Book Abel's Island, the ensuing adventures of this rather foppish mouse This is my favoriate book of all time. Number 1. Should be scripture. As they take refuge in a cave, a wind scoops up Amanda's scarf, and Abel foolishly lunges from safety to retrieve it.

Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse finds his resourcefulness and endurance . Primary through middle school. Based on the book of the same title by William Steig. Animated by Michael Sporn.

Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home. Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based; the Caldecott Medal-winner Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; The Caldecott Honor book The Amazing Bone; and the Newbury Honor Books Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto.

William Steig /ˈstaɪɡ/ (November 14, 1907 – October 3, 2003) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, and, in his later life, an illustrator and writer of children's books. Best known for the picture books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island, and Doctor De Soto, he was also the creator of Shrek!, which inspired the film series of the same name.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Abel's Island is the story of a mouse who was very comfortable and secure in his lifestyle, but gets swept onto an island in a big storm. He has to fend for himself in this new environment and discovers skills and talents that he will use when he finally returns home to his former life and wife.

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And will he ever get home? Will he see his beloved Amanda once more? William Steig (1907–2003) was an American author and illustrator of award-winning books for children.

Winner of the Newbery Medal and Honor: a heartwarming tale of one mouse's struggle to go home, with delightful illustrations by the author Abel has been happily married to Amanda for over a year. He has a comfortable home, an allowance from his mother, and no reason to worry. And will he ever get home? Will he see his beloved Amanda once more? William Steig (1907–2003) was an American author and illustrator of award-winning books for children. His books include Shrek!, on which the films of the same name are based, Dominic and The Real Thief, both published by Pushkin Children's.

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.

Comments

Doulkree Doulkree
It's been a while since I read a contemplative book meant for all ages. Sad that I had to dig so far back, to one published in 1976. I wish more of this kind, not hung up on swift dialogue and never ending outrageous deeds. This is a mediation on inner-strength that is served as a tale of survival, but in a rather quiet way. {I deliberately used "rather," as the voice is refined and civilized in that elegant way we associate with old fashioned, and British, narration.}
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.
Abuseyourdna Abuseyourdna
I'll never forget getting this book as a child the very year it first emerged. It was one of my immediate favorites due to Steig's graceful portrait of the posh city-mouse, Abelard, who discovers the depths of loneliness and the heights of bravery and grit as he struggles to survive being marooned on an island following a terrible storm. This book is one of those kid's tales that has a truly haunting, magical quality that endures long after the last page is read. Part of this is due to Steig's sensitive and clever prose, his insight into the childlike hope and fear that lives-on in every human mind, no matter how young or old we are. I think this work features some of his most exceptional illustrations, too. Just marvelous. If you value your kids' brains in this manic world of chaos and crap, buy them books like this and you'll give them a priceless gift that conveys a sense of spirit and soulfulness for a lifetime.
Faugami Faugami
I started reading this book to my 7 year old who was on a second grade reading level when we started. I would read a passage then gave him read me the same passage. We did that through the whole book. At first he was reluctant but by the second chapter he couldn't wait to read about Abel's adventures. His teacher texted me the other day and said he is now reading on a third grade reading level. I fully believe his love and fluency of reading increased because of this book.
Heraly Heraly
As a child, the first "book" I remember reading was Steig's "Dominic." When I re-found and re-read the book years later, I realized just how beautiful the story was and decided to buy more of his works. I picked Abel's Island randomly, knowing nothing about the story.

It is perhaps even more beautiful than "Dominic" was. Good enough to make this reader cry a bit (in joy) at the end. The story is about Abel, a distinguished mouse, who gets swept away in a flood and marooned on an island while trying to fetch a scarf that flew off his beloved wife's neck. After a few failed attempts to escape the island, Abel is forced to rely on himself to survive until he can figure out how to get back to his family. He keeps his wife's scarf around his neck to give him strength.

This is a story that will be equally enjoyed by a young child and the parent reading it to him or her; and the themes of love, beauty and strength of character are lessons that can be appreciated by someone of any age.
Flash_back Flash_back
This book met all my expectations. It is a chapter book suitable for a five-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy. The values that it illustrates are very appropriate as they show the importance of persistance, caring for others, and ingenuity. We have only read about 25 percent of this book, and I am hoping to read another "20 minutes" this evening after their dinner. My daughter calls me when they are ready for bed, and "grandma" reads them their before bed story. I have become very close to both of them because of this tradition. I have read other books to them over Skype, such as THE TALE OF DESPARAUX, and I will continue this process as long as they are interested.
Steep Steep
This was a lot of fun to read with my 8 year old son. He's into survival stories right now, and this was right up his alley. Classic, beautifully written story of a mouse's survival on an island in a river, over the span of one year. William Steig is one of my favorite children's authors.
Dianaghma Dianaghma
This book is special to me, so when I lent it to someone years ago who did not return it (they thought it was a gift) - I was happy that they and their children got so much from it. I bought this again recently and possibly enjoyed the re-read even more. I would love every person I know to read it. The story is wonderful; imaginative, human, poignant, witty, funny, full of hope. The language is simple yet clever, I feel like a grand, old raconteur is reading to me. What an interesting man W Steig must have been to be a cartoonist for the New Yorker, write these wonderful stories for children and at age 80 write the fabulous Shrek!
Found this book just recently after twenty years searching - not knowing the author or remembering the title- only asking about the story- - I had read this story to my Son when he was 8- reviewed it for the teacher - it stood apart-it was really a WOW. When my son had children I wanted to find that book - then while I was going through saved items from his childhood I found the book report. There it was, Abel's Island - like finding a lost wedding ring! I've sent the books to my Grandchildren, with my message included- ( thank you Amazon)- and I look forward to read it again and again. Now learning the history of William Steig - I am in awe of this man and thankful for his contributions.