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Comment: A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages and dust cover are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged.
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About the Author

Carol Ryrie Brink was the author of many books for young readers, including Caddie Woodlawn's Family, the companion volume to Caddie Woodlawn, and Baby Island.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 890 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Reissue edition (October 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689717512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689717512
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
At the age of nine, I discovered this delightful book on my mother's book shelf. I was immediately captured, from the very first sentence. "Baby Island" is the story of Jean and Mary, two young sisters who love caring for babies. Marooned on an island while enroute to join their father in Australia, the girls are quite suddenly permanently baby-sitting four babies all on their own, with all the perils and misadventures that can occur to anyone in such a situation. How they manage to survive is both fun and charming in this whimsical and engaging story. As a little girl, I found the story encouraging and inspiring, even though I knew it was not a real situation. The girls "keep your chin up" attitude, and genuine capability, is an excellent lesson for all. This is a book that not only children, but their parents as well can enjoy.
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I am delighted to see that this well-remembered childhood favourite is in print. I am of a generation where adolescent girls were very likely to be caring for babies, and "little mother" Mary and resourceful Jean are delightful characters.
This is by no means an "adventure" story, where danger lurks and survival requires hardihood - and that is why it is such relaxing entertainment. It is a bit of a spoof, obviously, in that solutions to every problem appear by magic; Jean, sad at losing her one silk dress, is comforted by Mary's picturing how sweet a baby whale would look in it; Mr Peterkin is all but a storybook character; the girls are never troubled by the memory of a shipwreck in which many may have died (the calm Mary merely says to the crew, "Will you please save us?")
It is an imaginative and fun book, half the fantasy of a magical world where whatever one needs appears on the spot, the other a warm look at responsibility and ingenuity.
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By A Customer on December 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book in 1977 and it is still one of my all-time favorite books. I even talked all of my friends in my second-grade class into reading it, and now I am going to buy myself a copy and a copy for the child of a friend. Mary and Jean are excellent role-models for girls (and boys)-brave, intelligent, resourceful, compassionate. A must-have for a complete childhood collection.
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My fourth grade teacher read this book to us a chapter at a time and we were all so eager for the next day's reading. One of the very best childhood books ever. Many reviewers are commenting that it is a great girls book, but I and the other boys in class loved it too. I'm 45 now and when I chanced on a copy of Baby Island in a used book store I snatched it up. After all those years it was still a great read.
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On board the S.S. Orminta, two weeks out of San Francisco, enroute to Australia to meet their father, two sisters Mary (12) and Jean (10) find themselves shipwrecked! As the S.S. Orminta starts to sink Mary's first thought was of the Snodgrasses and their three babies - twenty month old twins, Elijah and Elisha along with four month old Jonah. Upon reaching their cabin the parents are nowhere to be seen so Mary with her motherly instincts wraps up the babies, hands Jonah to Jean and they all proceed to the deck and lifeboats. Once loaded into the lifeboat they are then handed another baby, one year old Ann Elizabeth Arlington, whilst her father goes back for his wife and dog.

After a sudden creak, thinking the boat is going to be sinking in the very near future, the sailors let down the lifeboat and the children find themselves alone on the ocean. What follows is an amazing, captivating adventure. Discover how the girls find milk and food on the lifeboat. Enjoy Jean's nonsense poems throughout the book. What do they learn about the tide when they finally arrive on "Baby Island"? How do they acquire Prince Charley, a monkey? Who is Halfred? What about Mr. Peterkin? What does he have that the babies need? Smile as the girls try to convert him from his heathen ways. Will they ever be rescued?

For those interested this story does have a religious tone. The girls often sing hymns, recite Psalm 23 and Mary likes to preach on Sunday.

There are simple illustrations scattered throughout this sweet, sweet story of two young girls who survive and show and a maturity not seen so often today. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Thanks, Liz
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By Amy on January 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book at a yard sale when I was about 12 years old. I read and reread this book till the cover fell off. I believe my mother eventually threw it away, and I've always missed it. I was so glad I decided to try to find it on Amazon.com. I am going to purchase it immediately. A definate book for all young girls of the babysitting age!
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"Reality survival" T.V. programs seem pretty tame after reading this story. ANYONE who gets marooned on a desert island could figure out how to survive...for at least a few days. Now try it with four infants. THAT would send most of us over the edge, hmmm?
Mary and Jean are only little girls themselves, yet they are faced with the responsibilities of feeding and caring for themselves and four babies. And they do a right fine job of it!
I first read this book 40 years ago, when I was about the same age as Mary and Jean. I've saved that book all of these years and re-read it from time to time. It's a delightful story that every little girl should get a chance to read! (Mary and Jean certainly could have taught the folks on Gilligan's Island a thing or two!)
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