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Sky Island (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – November 7, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Children's Classics
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486423603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486423609
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a classic with an amazing plot and great characters.
Marcos D. Galeano B.
Just as Brunhilde favors the hero Siegmund, so Polychrome favors our hero Button-Bright, and her assistance is more useful to BB than Brunhilde's is to Siegmund!
Theodore Shulman
Notes from Nathalie's Grandad, Age 69: As I grew up, I discovered my father's L. Frank Baum collection and loved both the Oz books and Sky Island.
Nathalie and Granddad

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Being a L.Frank Baum fan, I loved Sky Island. It is a enchanting book with the main characters as a charming little girl named Trot and a kind sailor-by name Capn' Bill. I loved this adventuras book, which involes a magic umbrella and a exciting run-in with some blularoos. I wont give the book away, but if your are thinking about giving this book to a child- (being 14 myself) I still love reading it, and its definetly worth the money and time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cammie Lou on July 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Much as I love the Oz books (and I have all 14), THIS is my favorite Baum book. Sky Island is the continued adventures of Trot and Cap'n Bill (meet them in "The Sea Fairies", also fun) and Button Bright as they face the mighty Boolooroo of the Blues and the beautiful Queen Tourmaline of the Pinkies, Sky Island's two countries and two races. A wonderful tale, which in the process shows us how to get along with those who are different from ourselves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on September 12, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I was a bit disappointed with the SEA FAIRIES, Baum's first book to introduce the characters of Trot and Cap'n Bill. It was adequate but not up to the superlative quality I expect from L. Frank Baum. This book, however, sets things to right. It reads more like the Oz books and even includes characters such as Button Bright and Polychrome who make numerous appearances in the Oz series. It is a fun book that I enjoyed even with my youth far behind me.

In this story, Trot meets Button Bright who has a magical umbrella which takes him where he wants to go. Trot, Button Bright and Cap'n Bill decide to use the umbrella to take them for a picnic out on an island just off the coast. Instead of being taken to that island, however, they wind up on and island in the sky inhabited by tow warring peoples. Our characters wind up in the middle and have to set everyone straight.

It is a delightful tale which should appeal to both boys and girls.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Peters on August 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Why at all publish a book such as this one and take out the original illustrations? It just doesn't make any sense. I understand that (the publisher) Dover has reissued this book in a closer to its original form, with illustrations. It puzzles me that Amazon only carries this non-illustrated version instead of the Dover edition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. B. Derby on February 4, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Probably my fault, but I understood that this edition included illustrations from the original publication, which are wonderful. When the book arrived, of course, I found there were none.

If you purchase this edition, be aware.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nathalie and Granddad on August 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sky Island Review
By: Nathalie Douglas Age: 10

Sky Island is a very delightful book. Many strange and wonderful characters await the reader in this sequel to The Sea Fairies. Meet the Boolooroo of the Blues, and Tourmaline the Queen of the Pinkies. With intense and magical moments, Sky Island will delight all ages. Amazing twists and turns lead the reader on a path around the magical place of Sky Island.

Notes from Nathalie's Grandad, Age 69:
As I grew up, I discovered my father's L. Frank Baum collection and loved both the Oz books and Sky Island. When Nathalie was re-reading the Oz books, I remembered that Sky Island and The Sea Fairies were actually better than some of the Oz books and we ordered them for our four grandchildren. So Baum has entertained four generations of readers: my father, his children, his grandchildren, and now his great-grandchildren.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fredjay on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lovers of "Sky Island" can obtain the original version of the book with ALL the lovely illustrations by John R. Neill at the Books of Wonder website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louis J. Beauchain on February 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
As one of my favorite childhood stories, I have read this several times - even as an adult. Wouldn't we all like to have the adventure of visiting this wonderous island. I recently finished reading The Sea Fairies and Sky Island to my 8 year old daughter. She loved them but was saddened that there are no more adventures for Trot and Cap'n Bill.
Do yourself a favor and read this book.
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