Parents' Guide to

The Little Island

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Seashore world comes alive in this classic book.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Little Island, Big Thoughts

The Little Island won the Caldecott Medal Award in 1947. It is a very simplistic children's picture book with big idea themes. Its pictures are very colorful, distinguished, and vivid, most of them of nature. The main ideas of the book are change, perspective,and faith. The book discusses how the seasons change and how are physical earth changes simultaneously with them. The book also discusses point of view or perspective. The little kitten is astonished when the Island tells her that he is also part of the land. The kitten questions how this is possible when he is surrounded by water. The Island tells her to ask any fish. The fish exclaims to her that under the water there is land that surrounds the Island. The kitten says that she can not see this. The fish then goes on to tell her that she must have faith- "To believe what I tell you about what you don't know." This book can be used in a kinder, first, or second grade classroom. It is a simple read which makes it easy for them to read themselves. I will definitely be using this book in my classroom one day.

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THE LITTLE ISLAND is a beautiful, intriguing book on many levels. The illustrations are remarkable, and so is the simple, profound story. On one hand, it's an engaging, sensitive introduction to nature on a small island in Maine. On the other, it's a lesson in feeling important, no matter how small you appear to be.

This book was published in 1946 under the pseudonym Golden McDonald, actually Margaret Wise Brown, who is better known for her well-loved bedtime book, Goodnight, Moon. That she grew up along Long Island Sound and later lived on the coast of Maine is clearly reflected in the vivid descriptions. While reading about the lobsters, kingfishers, fireflies, and storm-drenched beaches, readers can almost smell the salt and sand, hear the whistling wind, and taste the seam and they can feel the tranquil beauty of the shoreline world. Her friend, illustrator Leonard Weisgard caught her enthusiasm for the Maine coast, which led to his award-winning pictures that he said "grew right up out of the water."

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