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Baby Island Paperback – October 31, 1993
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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.
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
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a favorite with 9-10 year old female students. It is above the reading level of many of my struggling readers but for those students that are more advanced and working... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy Obermayer
We read this book for our homeschool story time. Excellent book! All my kids loved it!Published 3 months ago by K Wolf
My 7 year old daughter and I read this together. What a fun adventure book! My daughter loved how the children were so resourceful in making their home on the island. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JDReed
Wonderful story for little girls who like babies. I read it twice when I was a kid,my sister read it about eight times! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ginger Berry
Baby Island is a story where two sisters are sailing in a boat to meet their father in Australia. Along the way,Mary and Jeane meet some adventures that include four babies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Josh C
i read this book as a child and loved it - glad to have found it and give as presentsPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book but it was a little impractical they had baby's on the island but no diapers where mentioned and they found food in the life bout but I loved this book so muchPublished 7 months ago by !
A favorite book from my childhood. I was thrilled to find a copy of it.Published 8 months ago by Vicki Marlin