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Islands Paperback – May 30, 2003

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Bonnie Raine lives on Cape Cod with her husband and daughter where they have spent many years surrounded by boundless and fascinating wildlife, both in and out of the sea. This is her first work of fiction.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Athena Press (May 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931456747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931456746
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,306,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Islands" is a sweet children's story about eighteen horses that escape from a band of pirates during a terrible storm, carrying with them a very valuable treasure. They swim to a group of islands where they find help and friendship among the island creatures. When the pirates return to look for the horses and the treasure, all the island creatures work together to ward off the pirates and keep the horses safe.

"Islands" reads as if the story is being told from memory by a grandparent to his grandchild. Author, Bonnie Raine, takes great care to give elaborate details to the setting of the story, but some of the sentences lack necessary commas to give pause to the many adjectives used in her descriptions. At times, it's hard to follow just where the sentence is going. The book also jumps between different subplots in the middle of the story to explain how or why something happened. I found the approach a little choppy, but it may work just fine if being read aloud to a child.

The overall tale presented in "Islands" is cute and clever, offering children an adventure that focuses on teamwork and shows that kindness is rewarded. There are black and white illustrations throughout the story, as well, which lend a detailed depiction of the scenes in the book.
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A Kid's Review on September 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I liked the story very much, it made me want to go on an adventure. The pictures where my favourite part of the book because I like Horses and Pirates.
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