- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Egmont UK (Sept. 26 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405267372
- ISBN-13: 978-1405267373
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.5 x 18 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,148,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Kensuke's Kingdom Hardcover – Sep 26 2013
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About the Author
Michael Morpurgo has written over one hundred books and won countless awards. He is a tireless champion for children's books and was formerly Children's Laureate for the United Kingdom. His novel, War Horse, has been adapted into an internationally-acclaimed stage production, as well as a feature film, directed by Steven Spielberg.
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As a result of his parent's unemployment, Michael and his family leave their regular secure lives and decide to sail on a trip around the world in their yacht, the "Peggy Sue". The family has to learn to operate together not only as a family unit but also as a team whose members need to depend on each other's strength and skills. Michael learns to regard his parents in new different ways. The family enjoys this way of life in spite of hardships caused by "life at sea" which include a lot of physical inconvenience - hard work, lack of sleep, wet clothes, etc. After a few months however, the family enters a troubled period. The mother does not feel well and a storm is approaching. While his exhausted parents sleep below, Michael remains alone on board, falls to sea and is washed to a remote island. Hence starts the largest part of the story telling us about Michael's personal struggle to survive and his meeting with Kensuke who turns to be his rescuer and mentor. The remaining story centers on Kensuke's personality, his life story and Michael's miraculous rescue.
My main problem with the story is that at times the story seems too familiar. Alone on a deserted island is a theme all of us have read at least a few times in this or other version. This story is different in the sense it discusses a meeting with one unique personality that affected the life of Michael for good. Kensuke's story also turns out to be, through the end, a story of a great neglect of opportunity - not that this isn't a part of life but still I am not sure that this is the lesson the author has intended us to learn. I mention this as the moral messages and themes are inserted along the book and include family values, power of the self, protection of wild life and cruelty of men in war times and towards animals.
I must admit that I personally enjoyed the family part a lot better then the main story, which was about Michael and Kensuke on the Island. I liked the details of the family struggle and their effort to find a new meaningful way of life; This, I believe is only a personal feeling relevant to my age,being a mother of a young adolescent, and ever struggling with questions about the right way of life...
This is a wonderful book. The voice is that of a fictional memoir and the writing is vivid. Morpurgo has a way of drawing you in to experience the sights, the sounds, the smells. A beautiful, touching story with an unexpected ending. Highly recommended.
By: Michael Morpurgo
Kensuke’s Kingdom is one of my all time favourites and could be one of yours! Personally, I think this book stands out from the other books because it is a book that is soo touching that it can make you weep, and you can always think of an affectionate memory you have had while you read this book! Kensuke’s Kingdom is also a spectacular fiction book for all ages. An enchanting tale for a bedtime story , to share with your family, and a wonderful book to read when you are lying on the beach on a calm, gorgeous day!
This book includes very touching and emotional scenes like when Michael tips off the boat and might not ever see his parents again, includes memories from the past when a very depressing accident occurs in World War Two. Love is one of the strong themes of this book between Kensuke, Michael and his parents. Friendship when working together to make things possible and enjoyable for another, and survival. To survive in a stranded island with enough food and fresh water.
If you are fascinated, then I suggest you read this summary:
Michael’s (main character) family decides to travel all over the world on a tiny sailing ship. But after a few calm, relaxing days sailing on the ocean and traveling to many amusing places, unfortunately, a massive storm came and Michael and his loving dog (Stella), fall off the boat and get washed up on a deserted island in the Pacific. Michael struggles to survive alone without food, fresh water and a good sturdy shelter. But, one morning when he wakes up, he finds a plate of fish beside him, a bowl of fruit to eat and a fresh bowl of water to drink. Now he knows he is not alone on the island...
I think that Michael Morpurgo(author) deserves a huge medal for writing this grand book, “ Kensuke’s Kingdom” because you can feel that he did his best to make this book full of detail and description that it makes you feel like you are watching it in real life!
If you want to know what happens, buy the book or borrow it at a library! I guarantee that when you pick this book up and start reading, you will NEVER put it down, and you will treasure it always!