Abel's Island

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Item #: 028050
ISBN: 9780312371432
Grades: 3-5

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Publisher: Square Fish

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I just read Abel's Island aloud to my six seven and eight year old This story was very well written and we all were drawn into the story of Abel (the mouse) who was marooned to an island Since he's a mouse he ends up living on the island an entire year desperately trying to get off and wishing for rescue I bought this book because it's well-rated and mainly because I have enjoyed some other selections by William Steig very much The language and vocabulary that William Steig uses in his stories is very evident of his enjoyment of words We love Amos and Boris as well as Dr Desoto so we tried one of his chapter books That being said Abel's Island surprised me with the injection of some ideas I wished the author had left out The predatory owl that nearly kills Abel mouse leaves some of his feathers behind Then the main character mouse collects those feathers and tries to speak evil incantations on the owl- or rather on his feathers I thought that was a bit bizarre to include in this story and I felt the need to have a conversation with my children about witchcraft (that it's real and that God's word says it's wrong) So I found myself wishing that the author had not included this into his otherwise very good book There are also several inclusions of the idea of the poor marooned mouse (who is stuck on an island away from his home and his wife) trying to communicate to his wife through telepathic thoughts I also considered this to be a rather bizarre thing to inject into such an otherwise perfectly written story Not all readers will care about the same things that I am caring about in this review but for those who are like-minded this review might be useful There are too many good books out there for me to recommend this story in particular to anyone not only because of the inclusion of witchcraft but because the witchcraft is presented in an acceptable way by the main character It is not presented as a wrong thing by a villain Witchcraft is presented as one of the main character mouse's many attempts to survive on the island I really wish this had been omitted from the story as it added nothing much helpful but for me actually took away from the value of the story
March 14, 2015
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Good price, to read aloud
Barbara H on Aug 16, 2016
Good price, to read aloud
Barbara H on Aug 16, 2016
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