The Little Island Paperback – Oct 1 1993
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From the Publisher
Once there was a little island in the ocean. That little island changes as the seasons come and go. The storm and the day and night change it. So do the lobsters and seals and gulls that stop by. Then one day a kitten visits the little island and learns a secret that every child will enjoy.
About the Author
Margaret Wise Brown, who also wrote under the pseudonym of Golden MacDonald, published more than 100 books for children.
Leonard Weisgard illustrated more than 100 children’s books.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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?Read more ›
Children's books often contain more themes and important messages than 400 page novels. The Little Island is one of the great masterpieces in achieving that remarkable accomplishment.
The book covers the four seasons as they affect the little island and the plants and animals that visit the island. To show the on-going nature of the process, the book's time line expands beyond a single year.
The island is described as being:
"A part of the world
and a world of its own
all surrounded by the bright blue sea."
On the island, you will connect with birds, tides, clouds, fish, fogs, spiders, flowers, lobsters, seals, kingfishers, gulls, wild strawberries, butterflies, herring, mackerel, seaweed, pears, a black crow, a little kitten on a boat, trees, bushes, rocks, moths, an owl, a storm, snow, the sun, wind, and rain.
The connection to Donne is made in the context of the kitten visitor to the island. "May be I am an island too . . . a little fur Island in the air."
The connections run in all directions. The kitten learns from the island that the island is connected to all of the other land. When the kitten doubts the island about this point, the island suggests asking a fish.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Good accompaniment by the author of Good Night Moon. The girls lover the cat talking to the fish.Published 6 months ago by mcewin
The Little Island by Golden MacDonald and Leonard Weisgard is a simple fantasy fiction story about a small quiet island. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003 by Midwest Book Review
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2003
_The Little Island_ has always been and continues to be my favorite children's book -- and perhaps my favorite book of all (close second: _Kees_ by Marian King). Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002
The book tells how a little island changes in the seasons. A cat visits the island and wonders how it is connected to the land. Read morePublished on March 24 2001