Abel's Island

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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312371432
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 10/02/2007
Series: Newbery Award and Honor Bks.
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 66,525
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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. Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, and Our Miserable Life.

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Abel's Island (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I recommend Abel's Island if you like adventure and disaster!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story about Abel is cute. There are some expected events and some unexpected. I'm still trying to understand why someone would write about an animal as if it were a human and what the point of the story was. As a whole, this book wasn't earth-shattering but it was pleasant enough to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book as a kid and promised myself i would buy it one day 4 years later i did. I loved this book for some reason and still do today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Abel learns what it means to have physical as well as emotional strength when an unexpected disaster changes his whole life. He is determined not to let the situation bring him down and in the process of finding a solution to his problem, he discovers hidden talents he never knew he possessed.
lhanes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a couple of mice who gets swept away in a rain flood while trying to catch his wife's scarf. Abel ends up on a deserted island and must learn how to survive on his own. Abel tried to build boats to get back across the river but fails. Eventually Abel makes friends with a frog and figures out how to across the river but only with the frogs help.As a classroom project we might use sticks or organic elements found outside on the playground that rain might collect to make possible rafts to get across the stream. We could also draw pictures on what the deserted island might look like. This book present multiple ways to incorporate all kinds of literary and artistic lessons.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joining the librarything 75 challenge group folk who are reading YA books in July, I'm looking forward to making a dent in the Newbery books I want to read.Abel's Island is a 1977 Newbery honor book that is deceptively simple. While bored with the beginning chapters, as the story progressed, I was captivated by the wonderful illustrations and descriptions of Abel, the sophisticated mouse who was stranded for a year on an island far away from his home.When on a summer picnic with his new bride Amanda, a sudden storm approaches. Finding shelter in a cave, Abel risks safety to rescue Amanda's wind blown scarf. Whisked away in turbulent currents, it is this prized possession that he clings to through the long year of loneliness.The pampered, sophisticated Abel humbly learns to fend for himself while facing many perils. Longing for Amanda and his creature comforts, Abel gradually accepts his fat,e while proudly growing in self sufficiency.While the winter winds whip, when the screeching owl stalks Abel as prey, and when the spring rains swell the river and hinder his escape, Abel survives valiantly and takes solace in the stars at night, in the beauty of the water and the glistening of the snow.
glitterina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites. A journey from a life of frivolity to a true understanding of the self. Deceptively simple, and rich with meaning.
cookbookkid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Newberry Honor. Read this in fourth grade and have been hooked on ready since. Story tells of a mouse lost and trying to get home again. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book i reccomend it for children or adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It' ok, but most of the time it was boring and seemed to drag on and on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in school and it is not very amazing.
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If you love animals, like me, this is a great book! The main character is Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint, who was blown away during a storm while trying to rescue his wife Amanda's beloved scarf. Will he ever get off the island?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the part wehn Abel meets the frog