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Baby Island Hardcover – Dec 1 1992
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book was in amazing condition. It shall be enjoyed by many as it was given to a teacher.Published 21 months ago by Kristi McGill
"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 morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Brenda Parrish
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2003 by WRY
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 againPublished on Feb. 13 2003 by christi l
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 morePublished on Nov. 6 2002
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 morePublished on July 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on March 23 2002 by Joy E. Laine
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 morePublished on Jan. 7 2002
"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