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Baby Island [Hardcover]

Carol Ryrie Brink
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Dec 1 1992
When a ferocious storm hits their ship, young Mary and Jean become stranded on a deserted island. They're not the only survivors; with them are four babies. Immediately the sisters set out to make the island a home for themselves and the little ones. A classic tale of courage and dedication from a Newbery Medalist author.

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Carol Ryrie Brink was the author of many books for young readers, including Caddie Woodlawn's Family, the companion volume to Caddie Woodlawn, and Baby Island. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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ON THE night of September twentieth the S.S. Orminta, two weeks outward bound from San Francisco to Australia, was struck by a tropical storm and badly disabled. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Island, but Lots of Fun March 28 2003
By Terrie
Format:Paperback
This fun book comes from Carol Ryrie Brink, the author who brought us Caddie Woodlawn, and while shorter and not quite up to the standards set by that great book, is one that kids are sure to enjoy.
Written in 1937 it tells the tale of two girls, 12 year old Mary and her younger sister Jean, who rescue four babies and end up floating alone with them in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean when the steamliner they are sailing on begins to sink. The quick thinking and good sense of the girls pulls them through when they run aground on a small deserted tropical island. This book was written in a "kinder, gentler" time than our own and thank goodness because the children do not experience anything traumatic or terribly frightening. They mostly exhibit plucky courage and try to do things properly with their little charges, one infant and three active toddlers. There is plenty of humor and adventure in the book, but not much realism. They easily find clean water, food and shelter, but this isn't a reality show it's a children's fantasy. The childcare methods have changed somewhat over the years and that makes the story seem rather quaint, but I found that all the more endearing. The girls insist upon having a church service every Sunday even though that only consists of singing hymns and reciting the 23rd Psalm, the only Bible passage they know by heart. Again, this is quaint but interesting and sweet. I think most modern day children will love the story and enjoy imagining what they would do under similar circumstances. This is not much like other "deserted island" stories such as Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe or even Island of the Blue Dolphins in terms of action, but it is similar to those in its ability to transport and to kindle the imagination. Check it out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting With a Happy Ending May 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Mary and Jean Wallace are on a boat going to Australia to go live with their father. One night the ship begins to sink, and Mary instantly thinks of the Snodgrass babies, who she has often taken care of on the ship. She wakes up Jean, and they go rescue the Snodgrass twins, Elisha and Elijaj, who are 20 months and their little brother, Jonah, who is 4 months. They go to a lifeboat right before the boat goes down. Mr. Arlington gives them his baby, Ann Elizabeth, saying he will be back with his wife, but he is too late. Jean and Mary are alone with the babies. In the lifeboat, Jean finds food for them all. Then one day, they find a desert island where the babies drink coconut milk and the girls have bananas and clams.
One day Jean is walking, and she finds big foot prints with only 4 toes on the left foot. When Jean tells Mary, they are very scared but finally, they go exploring. They find a man named Mr. Peterkin who has goats and hates kids. He agrees to let them clean and cook for him for one bucket of goat's milk a week. Finally, he starts to like them and brings them extra milk. They are having a Christmas celebration at Mr. Peterkin's shack when they see a boat. Mr. Arlingon, Mr. Snodgrass, and Mr. Wallace are on the boat; they take their children home.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it was exciting like when Jean and Mary find the foot prints. As well, the author was very easy to understand, so I got a clear picture of what it was like on the island and how hard it was.
In the beginning, I did not like Mr. Peterkin because he was mean to Jean and Mary when they really needed help because they were only kids. However, in the end, he was so nice, I liked him.
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By Gabriel
Format:Paperback
I thought I would write a reveiw on the worst book I have ever read and I remembered a certain book called Baby Island which I had read in grade 4. The title alone gives you a good impression of how good the book is going to be. The book is about two girls who get stranded on an island with four babys but this is no story about the girls trying struggling to survive on the island like a good survival story (like robinson Crusoe an old but good example) there was food in the lifeboat so there was no interesting writting about learning to adapt to your surroundings and find food and water (I think at some stage in the book they walked ten metres and found a cocanut, oh the exitment!) everything just appeares for them without them having to work for it(although I find it difficult to imagine these two girls doing any work but rocking babys to sleep, if they sam a small snake they would both probably faint). The book basicly entirely comes down to them taking care of the babys, feeding, washing, etc. etc. Not somthing I find interesting. It's obvious that this book is for younger girls but there are plenty of interesting books that younger girls would enjoy and this book is stricly only for girls who want to do nothing but sit at home changing nappies there whole life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very imaginative and funny Dec 19 2001
Format:Paperback
I am delighted to see that this well-remembered childhood favourite is in print. I am of a generation where adolescent girls were very likely to be caring for babies, and "little mother" Mary and resourceful Jean are delightful characters.
This is by no means an "adventure" story, where danger lurks and survival requires hardihood - and that is why it is such relaxing entertainment. It is a bit of a spoof, obviously, in that solutions to every problem appear by magic; Jean, sad at losing her one silk dress, is comforted by Mary's picturing how sweet a baby whale would look in it; Mr Peterkin is all but a storybook character; the girls are never troubled by the memory of a shipwreck in which many may have died (the calm Mary merely says to the crew, "Will you please save us?")
It is an imaginative and fun book, half the fantasy of a magical world where whatever one needs appears on the spot, the other a warm look at responsibility and ingenuity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Survival
"Reality survival" T.V. programs seem pretty tame after reading this story. ANYONE who gets marooned on a desert island could figure out how to survive...for at least a few days. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2004 by Brenda Parrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for boys too
My fourth grade teacher read this book to us a chapter at a time and we were all so eager for the next day's reading. One of the very best childhood books ever. Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by WRY
5.0 out of 5 stars great memory for me
I read this book when it first came out and I still remember that book so well I cant wait to get it and read it all over again
Published on Feb. 13 2003 by christi l
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby Island
I have been looking for this book for over 40 years! I read it as an adolescent, when babies were a fascinating entity to me. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars I was immediately captured.....
At the age of nine, I discovered this delightful book on my mother's book shelf. I was immediately captured, from the very first sentence. Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is A Great Book For Young Girls!
The paperback version I have is quite old, and has a different illustration on the cover. I absolutely loved this book when I was a young girl and remember reading it over and... Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by Joy E. Laine
5.0 out of 5 stars the most fascinating book I ever read
Baby Island by Carol Brinksis an adventure story that makes you want to read it to the end.In the middle of the night, the SS Orminta started to sink. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written Imaginative book
"Baby Island" was a well written book with an interesting plot.
As a young child, I thought this would be really cool to actually go through. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001 by "prep209"
5.0 out of 5 stars I am SMILING!!
I am so thrilled to know that I am not the only Baby Island fan. I read this book SO many times as a child that I had parts memorized. I loved it so much. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2001 by Shanda Ives
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice read.
I liked this book because there was a lot of excitement and adventure. Two preteens stuck on an island with 5 infants? That's a lot to handle!! Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2001
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