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The Island of the Skog (Picture Puffins) Paperback – March 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140546499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140546491
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Kellogg is the acclaimed author/illustrator of more than 100 books for children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With the same energy, humor and clarity found in his 50 books, David wows audiences at schools around the United States and beyond. David is an accomplished storyteller and a master at getting kids to think and have fun at the same time. His presentations lead children on entertaining and educational journeys that combine math, science, reading and writing. David also gives keynote presentations and workshops for educators at professional conferences.

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This is a personal childhood favorite and I would recommend it to children of all ages.
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The illustrations are original and highly detailed and the story is timeless.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Yet another beloved Steven Kellogg book from my fleeting youth. Published originally in 1973, the story tells the tale of a pack of mice that decide to leave the city life and become sea faring rodents instead. Together, the seven little creatures take a small antique ship (with working cannon) from the antique store in which they leave and set sail into the sea. When at long last they come across a tropical isle, they are shocked to discover that the land already has an inhabitant. According to their books, this is the island of the Skog. Not entirely certain what a Skog is, they bombard the land with cannon balls. That done, they set about inhabiting the isle but are shocked to discover giant footprints. After successfully unmasking the creature, they discover that perhaps jumping to conclusions is not the best policy when meeting people different from yourself for the first time.

I suppose the book is ostensibly about judging people before you get to know them. I prefer to think that this story is a cry against the whole, "Shoot first, ask questions later", method of diplomacy that a nation (who shall remain nameless) may employ from time to time. Or, more likely, I'm reading too much into an entirely pleasant picture book. This is a true Kellogg creation through and through. Filled to the brim with his tiny details and intricacies, a reader could pour over each page for a month so as to best locate all the delicate touches. As you go through the tale, each character has his or her own distinct personality. Jenny, the unofficial mouse in charge, and Bouncer the head of his bowling league are the two main characters, but they've a lively and involved supporting crew as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first got a chance to read Island of the Skog in eighth grade. Mr. Kellogg was giving a speech on the book making process from writing to publishing and handed everyone a copy of his book as an example. Being in Junior High, we were older than the usual demographic for picture books and thought we were too sophisticated for them as well. That the adventures of the mice and Skog held us enthralled says a great deal for Mr. Kellogg's skill as a storyteller. This is a great book for children of all ages and if you don't have children, pick up a copy for yourself. I think you'll be surprised how much you'll enjoy your time with the Skog.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This was my very first book. I remember having it read to me many times over. I love the illustrations. They are so textured, all I have to do is look at the pictures to bring me back to when I was small. The story line is great, I love the little poem at the end. And I really can't say enough for the illustrations, they really made the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
I can't even remember how old I was when I first saw this book, but the illustrations are excellent, and the story just as exciting every time you read it again. The jist of the story is that a group of mice set sail in a model ship in search of freedom, and eventually reach the "Island of the Skog" which is the supposed territory of "one Skog." The lead mouse (named Bouncer, if I remember correctly) has an aggressive approach to the skog, and fires the model ship's cannonballs as a warning to the skog. The skog, in turn, reacts by disguising himself as a huge monster and menacing the new colony of mice. Eventually the mice devise an ingenious trap for the skog, and one night they decide to put it into effect. It works for a while, and then the mice discover who the skog really is. Besides the quality of the story here, there are some genuine lessons to be learned about human relations, respect, and kindness which make the book stand out within the category of children's literature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
My father read me this book when I was only about 5 years old, but the memory of it is with me still. I can still see in the back of my mind those freezing mice huddiling around their waffle iron, and the poor skog, crying in shame and fear. I can also see them dancing for joy with their new-found friend. I love this book, and pray that some day I will be able to share this wonderful tale with others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy K on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This original picture storybook is bursting with typical Steven Kellogg illustrations. The text and the engaging illustrations work together to present a classic tale. The layout is characterized by full page and many double-paged spreads which allow Kellogg to fill both pages with cute mice and appealing scenery. Some pages show the perspective of the mice in the hole juxtaposed with the tall stairs for people in the house. The sailing ship and the mice on the island show life size mice and the skog who is a similar size. The colors are watercolor and muted. Children have loved this story and the mice in it for over forty years. It is a beautiful tale of survival, bravery, team-work and getting along with others different from oneself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Turtleback
I was introduced to this book 15 years ago, as a fifth grader, and it has always been my favorite. The courageous journey that Jenny and her friends endure is inspiring and uplifting. I find myself cheering these characters on every time I read it.
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