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The Little Island Paperback – Oct 1 1993


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; Reissue edition (Oct. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044040830X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440408307
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.9 x 0.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ava Esposito on Jan. 24 2002
Format: Paperback
Even if this book had no words, I would still love it, because the illustrations are that brilliant!!~~
The wording is quite clever.
This story tells about a little island, and the changing seasons it lives through.
This island is home to many creatures, and serves many, many purposes.
Lobsters crawl underneath the island to find dark hiding places.
Seals come to have and raise babies.
Birds come to build nests and lay eggs.
In spring, flowers bloom on this little island. In summer, strawberries ripen.
One day, a family on a boat stops at the island for an afternoon picnic. With them, there is a black kitty.
The kitty observes:
"My what a small island. You are as small as big is big."
The island converses with this kitty, and teaches him that everything is a wonderful part of this world, and equally unique and important.
The kitty learns a secret from a fish- 'All land is one land under the sea'.
In autumn, the pears ripen on the lone pear tree on the island, and finally winter comes with snow.
It was good to be a little island. A part of the world, and a world of its own.
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Format: Paperback
Published just after the end of World War II, "The Little Island" garnered itself a prestigious Caldecott medal for exemplary plot and illustrations in a picture book. Looking at it today, I'm a little surprised. The book does have a sweet little story. Describing the daily events that occur on a small island in the beautiful blue ocean, the story eventually focuses its attention on a black kitten that visits the island for a while. The kitten explores and speaks with the island and its fish, discovering the nature of, "how all land is one land under the sea". In the end, the kitten leaves and the island is subject to the wild storms and animals that seek its shores.
I like the story of the kitten and I like the words Golden MacDonald has chosen to convey nature's mysteries. "The cat's eyes were shining with the secret of it. And because he loved secrets he believed. And he let the fish go". So no quarrel here with the text. Top notch. Two thumbs up. It's the illustrations I have a bone to pick with.
When you think of the fine illustrators of the past, geniuses like Robert McCloskey or James Thurber come to mind. Less likely to appear in one's brain is a Mr. Leonard Weisgard. In creating this book, Weisgard begins strongly. The opening pages reveal a black and white kingfisher smiling benignly at the viewer. The little island, obviously somewhat close to North American shores due to its pine trees and native plants, is rendered lovingly in the first few spreads. But then the descriptions increase and the pictures do not compliment the words. We are told that, "Small flowers, white and blue and violets with golden eyes and little waxy white-pink chuckleberry blossoms and one tickly smelling pear tree bloomed on the Island". Great. Now where are they?
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By A Customer on Jan. 21 2004
Format: Paperback
The Little Island by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard is a simple fantasy fiction story about a small quiet island. In it we learn about all the creatures that call the island home. In a relaxing way the book also moves through days and seasons. The old fashioned illustrations make the reader think of pictures in their mind. This book would be great for first and second graders who love nature.
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Format: Hardcover
A little island in the big ocean is rich with wildlife and nature despite its remote location and seeming isolation, and rich and gorgeous watercolors accompany Margaret Wise Brown and Leonard Weisgard's The Little Island, a tale of seasonal changes on that island. The Little Island is a warm, revealing story with plenty of eye-catching realistic color drawings.
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By A Customer on Sept. 23 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Little Island is a book k about a little island and what happens to it over the course of a small amount of time. Some people and their cat sail to this island to have a picnic and and the cat is very curious about the island. This book teaches sometimes things are better left alone like the island is nicer before the cat comes. It is good for a 4-6 year old child with a lot of colorful pictures for the child ton look at.
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