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Publisher Comments:

Abel's place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness — he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones — Abel can't find a way to get back home.

Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river — and home.

Abel's time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world he's separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear Amanda again.

Review:

"Abel's adventures are presented with Steig's usual grace, warmth, and insight." Library Journal

Review:

"[Children] will want to relive Abel's odyssey on many a rainy Sunday afternoon." Rosemary Wells, The Washington Post Book World

Synopsis:

This story of a mouse who gets swept away from his beloved wife is truly a timeless classic about lifes simple pleasures.

Synopsis:

Abels place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness—he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones—Abel cant find a way to get back home.

     Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river—and home.

     Abels time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world hes separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear Amanda again.

 
Abel's Island is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1977 Newbery Honor Book.

Synopsis:

Abel's place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness--he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones--Abel can't find a way to get back home.

Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river--and home.

Abel's time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world he's separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear Amanda again.

 
Abel's Island is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1977 Newbery Honor Book.

About the Author

William Steig received the 1970 Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His next four books — Amos and Boris, Dominic, The Real Thief, and Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride — were all named ALA Notable Books, and Dominic received the 1975 William Allen White Children's Book Award.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374300104
Author:
Steig, William
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Animals - Mice Hamsters Guinea Pigs etc.
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Mice
Subject:
Behavior
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Survival
Subject:
Survival -- Fiction.
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Chapter Book
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
19760531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.77 x 5.77 x 0.605 in
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 128 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374300104 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Abel's adventures are presented with Steig's usual grace, warmth, and insight."
"Review" by , "[Children] will want to relive Abel's odyssey on many a rainy Sunday afternoon."
"Synopsis" by ,
This story of a mouse who gets swept away from his beloved wife is truly a timeless classic about lifes simple pleasures.
"Synopsis" by ,
Abels place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness—he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones—Abel cant find a way to get back home.

     Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river—and home.

     Abels time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world hes separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear Amanda again.

 
Abel's Island is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1977 Newbery Honor Book.

"Synopsis" by ,
Abel's place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness--he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones--Abel can't find a way to get back home.

Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river--and home.

Abel's time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world he's separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear Amanda again.

 
Abel's Island is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1977 Newbery Honor Book.

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