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Abel's Island by William Steig
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Jan 24, 2010

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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 never sends the promised rescue party. Abel is a pleasant fellow to read about and I'm guessing that kids in grade 1 and up would love to hear this read aloud, and grade 3 and up could manage it on their own. Parents will appreciate the great writing and lovely vocabulary.
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