The Faraway Island

The Faraway Island

by Dianne Hofmeyr, Jude Daly
     
 

When a sailor can't bear life on ship any more, he jumps overboard and swims to a big barren rock. There he cares for a half-drowned cockerel and plants rice, hiding away when a boat arrives. The sailors are amazed to see rice growing and keep coming back, leaving plants and game-birds, until the island bursts with tropical fruit and wildlife. But soon the Queen of

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When a sailor can't bear life on ship any more, he jumps overboard and swims to a big barren rock. There he cares for a half-drowned cockerel and plants rice, hiding away when a boat arrives. The sailors are amazed to see rice growing and keep coming back, leaving plants and game-birds, until the island bursts with tropical fruit and wildlife. But soon the Queen of Portugal hears about it and demands to meet the person responsible.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-4

This simply told tale is based on the true story of Fernando Lopez, who single-handedly changed a barren island in the middle of the Atlantic into beautiful St. Helena, turning it into a stopping-off point for Portuguese sailors as they returned home from Asia. This account gives readers an idea of the recluse's solitary life. The text has a repetitive phrase, "just in case," as groups of sailors visit the island, take what they need, and leave something behind for him to plant or care for. The repetition simulates the back-and-forth motion of ocean waves and the give-and-take transformation of the island. The delicate folk art allows readers to watch as the desolate island becomes a jewel in the middle of the ocean. Large illustrations on every page make this a good read-aloud, and the author's note gives readers additional information on why a man would choose to live in such isolation. Useful as a read-aloud in units on early sea exploration, trade routes to Asia, and Christopher Columbus, this gentle story makes a lovely addition to most libraries.-Nancy Baumann, Indian Paintbrush Elementary, Laramie, WY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845076443
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up on the tip of Southern Africa. An art teacher, she has written teenage novels and picture books, and has won the M-Net Award for fiction, as well as two IBBY Honor Books. Her other works include The Faraway Island, The Star Bearer and The Magic Bojabi Tree. She lives in the U.K.

Jude Daly is internationally renowned for her delicately detailed illustrations. She is the illustrator of Lila and the Secret of Rain, The Faraway Island and Sivu's Six Wishes, as well as the author of Seb and Hamish, illustrated by Niki Daly. Niki and Jude are married with two sons, and live in Kleinmond, near Cape Town, South Africa.

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