Island Boy

Island Boy

by Barbara Cooney


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The acclaimed author of Miss Rumphius recounts the lives of four generations living on a New England coastal island and the importance of family ties.

The youngest and quietest of 12 children, Matthias grew closest to Tibbets Island, learning its secrets through the years. And though in later years he sailed to faraway places, he always returned to the island he loved.

"Island Boy is certain to be a favorite for family sharing, as well as a must for school and public libraries. Teachers will love it; buy extra copies."—School Library Journal

"As encompassing as the portrait of a life depicted in the award-winning Miss Rumphius , Cooney's latest work is an ode to simple acts of daily living."—Publishers Weekly 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140507560
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/28/1991
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 181,798
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile: AD890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Barbara Cooney was an American writer and illustrator of over 100 children's books, published over sixty years. She won two Caldecott Medals, which are awarded to the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book, and a National Book Award. Her books have been translated into 10 languages.

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Island Boy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wendyfincher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named Matthais. He was the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters. His family lived on an island until they all grew up. Matthais is the only child who would return to the island after he had had many adventures at sea. Matthais stayed on the island for the rest of his life and helped to raise his grandson who also loved the island. This is a great book to teach how times change and how the new generations learn from the older ones.
kdcoshatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a family that started out on an island. They had a bunch of kids and one was very tiny. As they boy grew he found that he could do more and more things like his brothers and sisters. When all of his brothers and sisters had moved away he stayed on the island to start his own family. They trace the young boy's life all the way up until the end. It is a very heartwarming story about a man and his love for his home.
ebruno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young boy who grows up in a big family on Tibbetts Island. As the years pass the boy grows to love the island. As he gets older he marries and lives on the island, and his love for the island is passed down through the generations. This is a book that young boys would love to read over and over again.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three generations of a family raised on Tibbett's Island, but slowly everyone moves away. Young Matthias moves back to the island he loves, despite everyone's warning and derision of an "island boy"
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is just as great as Harry Potter. A must read, kinda book!