Island Boy (Picture Puffins)

by Barbara Cooney

Paperback, 1991



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Puffin Books (1991), Edition: Illustrated, 40 pages


Matthais grows from a little boy to a grandfather on a small island off the coast of New England.

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LibraryThing member wendyfincher
This book is about a boy named Matthais. He was the youngest of 12 brothers and sisters. His family lived on an island until they all grew up. Matthais is the only child who would return to the island after he had had many adventures at sea. Matthais stayed on the island for the rest of his life
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and helped to raise his grandson who also loved the island. This is a great book to teach how times change and how the new generations learn from the older ones.
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LibraryThing member Jrstoner
The book is a good book. It teaches children good values and that even if they are little they can make a difference. I wouldn't read the book to younger children since the grandfather dies at the end.
LibraryThing member kdcoshatt
This book is about a family that started out on an island. They had a bunch of kids and one was very tiny. As they boy grew he found that he could do more and more things like his brothers and sisters. When all of his brothers and sisters had moved away he stayed on the island to start his own
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family. They trace the young boy's life all the way up until the end. It is a very heartwarming story about a man and his love for his home.
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LibraryThing member dangerlibearian
Three generations of a family raised on Tibbett's Island, but slowly everyone moves away. Young Matthias moves back to the island he loves, despite everyone's warning and derision of an "island boy"
LibraryThing member JHamm
We see a story of an area changing from year to year. The pictures are great and it is a good book for children to read to explore our ever changing culture. It goes from a young boy to an elderly man who watches the area that he grew up in change.
LibraryThing member ebruno
This book is about a young boy who grows up in a big family on Tibbetts Island. As the years pass the boy grows to love the island. As he gets older he marries and lives on the island, and his love for the island is passed down through the generations. This is a book that young boys would love to
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read over and over again.
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Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (Honor — Picture Book — 1989)
Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Picture Book — 1992)
Cardinal Cup (Noteworthy — 1989)




Original language


Physical description

8.03 x 0.13 inches


0140507566 / 9780140507560
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