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Abel's Island

  Steig, William


Illustrator: Steig, William
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Number of Pages: 117
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Genres:

Animals
Adventure/Survival

Material Type/Location:

Youth Fiction

Reading Level:

2-3
4-5

Awards:

Newbery Honor
Voice of Youth Award Nominee

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Why I liked this title:

What is it about mouse stories that just gets me? I guess it’s the idea that mice can live in a little world we know nothing about. Did you ever wonder what they do when they’re not scurrying away from bigger animals or hiding out in a warm shed? The mouse in this story is Abel –- Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint to be exact -– and he lives a very nice life indeed. Abel and his beautiful wife Amanda especially enjoy picnics, but one fateful outing changes Abel’s life forever. A mighty storm whisks Abel away from Amanda, and his struggle begins. He finds an island and must survive without any of the luxuries –- or even necessities -– he’s grown so used to. Abel uses all his physical and emotional strength, while discovering a creative side he never knew he had. Now, he must pool all these resources to reunite him with his beloved Amanda!

Reviewed by: Amanda "Mandy" O'Brien on 11/24/2004

Lexile level: 920

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