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Book Title: The Little Island|
The author of the book: Margaret Wise Brown
ISBN 13: 9780440408307
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 36.39 MB
Edition: Dragonfly Books
Date of issue: October 1st 1993
Reader ratings: 4.3
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If I do simply approach The Little Island with regard to Leonard Weisgard's evocatively painterly, nature imbued illustrations, I can both easily and without any doubt understand the 1947 Caldecott Medal designation (for the illustrations are truly absolutely exquisite, presenting a delightful combination of both reality and descriptive esoteric splendor, of a tiny island, a tiny spot of nature and its flora and fauna throughout a given year, throughout the four seasons).
However and all the above having been said, Margaret Wise Brown's accompanying narrative (and please note that the book is also available as having been penned under the pseudonym Golden MacDonald, which actually seems to be how The Little Island was first released), while I indeed do very much enjoy the beginning and later the ending, the middle section (with the kitten of vast proportions that wants to know what lies below the waves and threatens to devour the fish it has caught unless said fish can adequately answer the posed question), well, that part (and its implication of potential almost folkloristic violence) just does not at ALL seem to fit with the gently descriptive beauty and caressingness of the beginning and ending of The Little Island, of the rhythm of the seasons and how both plants and animals respond to spring, summer, autumn and lastly winter, feeling more than a trifle awkward and strange (and with a rather heavy does of didacticism also thrown in for good measure).
Now don't get me wrong, the narrative bit about the kitten (with its folkloric intent and somewhat faith based philosophy) is not in fact problematic in and of itself. However, as an out of the blue insertion into basically a gentle flowing depiction of a small island through the seasons, in a typical year, the kitten text just does not seem to work all that well, as it feels pretty much artificial, breaks and majorly disrupts the narrative flow, and above all, has the annoying tendency to be quite massively distracting (or I guess I should say that the part about the kitten has definitely both frustrated and hugely distracted me). And thus, but three stars for The Little Island, with a full five stars for Leonard Weisgard's wonderful illustrations, but only two rather grudging stars for Margaret Wise Brown's a bit unorganised and choppy narrative (albeit I do still very much love parts thereof).
Read information about the authorMargaret Wise Brown wrote hundreds of books and stories during her life, but she is best known for Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Even though she died nearly 60 years ago, her books still sell very well.
Margaret loved animals. Most of her books have animals as characters in the story. She liked to write books that had a rhythm to them. Sometimes she would put a hard word into the story or poem. She thought this made children think harder when they are reading.
She wrote all the time. There are many scraps of paper where she quickly wrote down a story idea or a poem. She said she dreamed stories and then had to write them down in the morning before she forgot them.
She tried to write the way children wanted to hear a story, which often isn't the same way an adult would tell a story. She also taught illustrators to draw the way a child saw things. One time she gave two puppies to someone who was going to draw a book with that kind of dog. The illustrator painted many pictures one day and then fell asleep. When he woke up, the papers he painted on were bare. The puppies had licked all the paint off the paper.
Margaret died after surgery for a bursting appendix while in France. She had many friends who still miss her. They say she was a creative genius who made a room come to life with her excitement. Margaret saw herself as something else - a writer of songs and nonsense.
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