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Abel's Island

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,081 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Abel’s place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness—he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping- ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Square Fish (first published May 1976)
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Celia
William Steig is a wonderful writer. Really, he's got a way with words. This book was recommended to me by my mom and brother. Who read it together and have continued to read most of Steig's books and altogether fallen in love with his peaceful, clean writing style and lovely stories.

This book follows Abel, a grown mouse who while picnicking with his wife, is attacked by a ferocious storm causing his wife and him to venture into a cave. His wife, who's name is Amanda, accidentally drops her scar
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Steven L.
This is my favoriate book of all time. Favorite. Number 1. Should be scripture.

Amazon.com Review
One summer day, newlywed mice Abel and Amanda are out for a picnic in the woods when they are caught in a sudden storm--a "full-fledged, screaming hurricane" to be precise. As they take refuge in a cave, a wind scoops up Amanda's scarf, and Abel foolishly lunges from safety to retrieve it. So begins William Steig's Newbery Honor Book Abel's Island, the ensuing adventures of this rather foppish mouse
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Carin
Oh how I loved this book! The surprising thing isn't that it got a Newberry Honor Medla, but that it didn't win! Abel is a charming young mouse, a bit of a fop and a dandy, who is on a picnic with his lovely new wife when a storm kicks up, it becomes more like a hurricane, and Abel is separated from his wife, and eventually blown into a river and carried downstream. He washes up on an island. He has several excellent ideas about how to try to get off the island which he implements immediately, n ...more
Amanda
A simple picnic with his wife turns badly when they find themselves caught in a rainstorm! Leaving his wife Amanda to find her scarf Abel is swept away to an island and marooned! Now this socialite mouse must find a way back to the mainland and his beloved Amanda.

First the task of getting through the night! Abel builds shelter, finds food, investigates his surroundings, and tries to find a way to get back.

A simple kids book, this was my favorite story growing up. Follow Abel as he learns to li
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Patrick
Really fun book about a mouse who finds himself trapped on an island and forced to fend for himself after living a privileged life. I think my favorite parts are the exceeding pride that Abel has in any of his accomplishments. No matter how huge, or how small. I also thought it was really cute, and fun that he was able to figure out a trade for himself while stranded on the island.

As fun as the book was the longer poor Abel was stuck on the island the worse I felt for him. Will he ever get off
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Judi Paradis
This is like a weirdly civilized mouse version of Hatchet. Abel is a very fancy mouse who chases his wife's scarf when it blows into a river while they are picnicking. Abel falls into the river and is carried downstream in the fast current to an island, where he is trapped for more than a year. Abel quickly learns how to utilize the resources on his island to get food and shelter and to protect himself from a rather scary owl. He is almost rescued when a kindly frog visits for a bit, but he neve ...more
Lorna
What a lovely read to foster thinking about adversity. Abel, lost in a storm, finds himself far from family and friends on a deserted island with little resources. I continued to admire his positive attitude and perseverance despite the steep odds thrown at him. I think this would make a good read-aloud, but heads up about one scene where Abel gets drunk on wine (!!??) and another where he "defecates". Not a problem in my head, but I'd always like to know those things ahead of time before readin ...more
Auggiesadorra
The main characters in this book are Abel and Amanda. Abel and Amanda went out for a picnic out in the woods. It started to get a little cloudy,but Abel didn't think It would rain. Later on that day it started to rain. It started to rain really hard so they went to find shelter. Luckly Abel and Amanda found a cave that they could stay in till the rain stopped. Amanda’s scarf flew away because of the wind. So Abel went to go chase it, Abel got caught in the wind and never came back.So in this boo ...more
Laura
Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint, of the Mossville Flints is out for a picnic with his lovely wife, Amanda, when a flash flood forces both of them to head for higher ground. They reach safety and are rejoicing together at their narrow escape when Amanda’s prized scarf is blown off. Abelard instantly plunges after it but, while recovering it, is swept along in a gully until he finds himself marooned on an uninhabited island.

Will Abel ever return to his beloved Amanda’s arms? Or is he stuck on this
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I loved this story. It reminded me of Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child. When Abel the mouse finds himself washed down the stream from his house and marooned on an island, he is forced to use all his resources to find food and shelter to survive. The isolation also gives him time to reflect upon life, which, for me, was the most interesting part of the book. Like Hoban's book, Abel's Island is for thoughtful readers who want more than just an adventure story. Highly recommended!
Sharon
Abel's Island was one of my favorite books as a kid, and one of the few that I actually managed to keep my copy of into adulthood. I just finished reading it with my 7 year old daughter and found it every bit as delightful as I remembered. Abel is charming. His exploits during his year stranded on the island are compelling and serve as good lessons in perserverance, inner strength, and the importance of following your heart. Not to mention, this book is an excellent vocabulary-builder!
K.
Mostly sweet and kept my littles mostly interested (7 yo yes, 5 yo not as much). But why the mention of the "pooing" ??? When a book is creating "civilized" animals (this book has only animals and they are all very civilized) I just can't see why we must notice the bathroom behavior. Okay, it was only once, but still, why? Hee hee.
Douglas Dalrymple
Not funny enough for my eight-year-old son (who requires a good belly laugh every five pages or so), but I loved it. Essentially, it’s Robinson Crusoe if Crusoe were a gentleman mouse who’d been raised with a trust fund and never had to work a day in his life.
Havebooks Willread
This adventurous tale of a dandy mouse who was swept off to an island during a big storm is filled with description, delightful vocabulary (somnolent! seriously--what other children's book uses that word?!), and examples of perseverance and diligence. The children loved his many ideas and attempts to escape the island and get back to his beloved wife and I loved his ingenuity and can-do spirit. I also appreciated his resourcefulness in scavenging food sources due to his former reading experience ...more
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Ben Loory
it's good, but it's no sylvester and the magic pebble.

or maybe i'm just 39 years old.
Chen Wei
I saw the cover of this was a mouse, I think this book is very interesting. When I read summary of this book. This story mention about a small mouse named Abel, he was trying to save a scarf for his new wife in a hurricane, unluckily, the hurricane dragged him to a piece of wood dragged him off to a river. He fell down the waterfall he fell asleep, then when he wakes up Abel finds himself on a mysterious island. This story makes me very curious so I want to Know how can he survive alone and how ...more
Emma Hartman
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Abria Mattina
Granted, the publishers of Abel's Island didn't give it the most scintillating synopsis on Goodreads. Perhaps they think that a 35 year old book can rest on its laurels--a fine publisher and the Newbery Honor--and don't see the need to attract a new generation of readers. A single line that encapsulates the bare bones of the narrative will, apparently, suffice.

I was one of those young people who didn't really like to consume Middle Grade fiction, even when I was in the age bracket for it. I wen
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Linda Lipko
Joining the folk who are reading YA books in July, I'm looking forward to making a dent in the Newbery books I want to read.

Abel's Island is a 1977 Newbery honor book that is deceptively simple. While bored with the beginning chapters, as the story progressed, I was captivated by the wonderful illustrations and descriptions of Abel, the sophisticated mouse who was stranded for a year on an island far away from his home.

When on a summer picnic with his new bride Amanda, a sudden storm approaches.
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Story Revolution
Abel's place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness--he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones--Abel can't find a way to get back home.Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he fo
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Joni
Apr 14, 2010 Joni rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joni by: Carol Whitworth
Shelves: 6a
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Kelley
Genre: Fantasy/ Newbery Honor
Abel is swept away in a rainstorm while trying to rescue his wife’s scarf. For a mouse that lives a cultured and wealthy life at home, he must now learn to survive on his own in the wilderness as he tries to find his way back to his wife.

Character
The main character, Abel is a mouse that lives a well-to-do life. He is wealthy and has a nice home and has quite a journey as he tries to make his way through the wilderness back to his home and wife. This is an interestin
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nicole
Page 81, "He became somnolent in his cold cocoon." Oh, William Steig.

Beautifully written, as all William Steig books are. You read a paragraph and then have to flip back to the cover to double check that you are in fact reading a children's book and that the feelings being described in fact belong to a mouse. The beginning, while there's some humor in Abel's repeated, failed attempts to cross the stream, admittedly bored me a bit. But once he settles in and starts to make the island his home, th
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Jill
A short, sweet, enjoyable story.

"He was curious to know if the watch would run...The sounds he had become accustomed to, the roaring and gurgling of the river, the wailing and whining of the wind, the pattering and dripping of rain, the chirruping of birds and the chirring of insects, had natural, irregular rhythms, which were very soothing, but the steady, mechanical tempo of the watch gave him something he had been wanting in this wild place. It and the book helped him feel connected to the ci
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Kara
William Steig consistently uses words I've never seen or heard before in his children's books. It's not his sole mark of excellence but one of many. This book was good but not as good as Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. It made me go down a rabbit hole of existential thought which is pretty amazing for a book that was written for third graders about a mouse who wears a suit. It hearkens back to a day when I think literature used to challenge kids a little more.
Rowan
In this William Steig story, when Abel and his wife Amanda (which are both mice) start picnicing, they would of both led a normal life. That is, if Amanda scarf didn't blow away into a heavy rainstorm. When Abel tries to get it back, he falls into a creek which leads him to an island. An island which he stays marooned on. While surviving in a dangerous place like this, he questions himself. How will he get off this island? And most importantly, will he see his wife Amanda again?
Marvelous story
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Rwildfon
Just read this tidy little juvenile (?) fiction book, anyway that is the way it is shelved in our library, but it rather seems like an adult read. What kid would be interested in Abel anyway, a newly married man mouse who gets lost in a flood and marooned on an island dreaming of his sweet wife? Well, it does have a Swiss Family Robinson touch to it, minus the family, and he gets to read an abandoned book in the forest until he meets a Granddad Frog for some company for a bit. As you can probabl ...more
Heather
A short tale of a well-to-do mouse who becomes stranded on an island and seeks ways to rescue himself in order to return to his beloved mouse-wife. Without giving into despair, Abel works diligently to secure his release despite enduring many failed attempts. He is hopeful and ingenious, loyal to his family and steadfast in his heart, everything you would want from a classy protagonist.
Emilia P
Weep.
I don't remember reading this when I was little, perhaps I did, or perhaps my mama or papa read it to me but Jesus Lord, it's good.
The story of an effete city mouse who gets stranded on a island for a whole year and has to learn to take care of himself and find his calling and fend off predators and so on and so forth. It's written in a style matching the character -- it reminded me of nothing so much as an Evelyn Waugh novel, at once skewering and celebrating the leisure classes it portra
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William Steig was born in New York City in 1907. In a family where every member was involved in the arts, it was not surprising that Steig became an artist.

He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968, embarking on a new and very different career.

Steig's books reflect his conviction that children want the security of a devoted family and friends. When Sylvester, Farmer
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