La Isla de Abel

La Isla de Abel

by William Steig
     
 

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Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home. In Spanish.

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Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home. In Spanish.

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From the Publisher

“With inimitable style, Steig tells the story of a mouse, Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint, who gets swept away in a driving rainstorm while rescuing his wife's scarf and winds up stranded on a river island for a year. . .You can't help but give a cheer for Abel and his creator.” —Starred, Booklist
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5A fine and faithful rendering of an unforgettable story. Steig's engaging prose and endearing characters have made the charming survival tale a classic. A chivalrous mouse is swept away from a picnic during a torrential rainstorm while trying to retrieve his wife's scarf. He is lost, separated from everything and everyone he loves, and learns firsthand the meaning of utter loneliness. Readers will love Abel for his devotion, for his galantry in the face of hardship, and for his refusal to give up hope. Through his trials, the mouse learns that he possesses fortitude, perseverance, and gumption. The delightfully happy ending is satisfying in any language.Marisa Parish, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374442859
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.21(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig's work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.

In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.

Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life.

He died in Boston at the age of 95.

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