Goodbye, My Island by Jean RogersGoodbye, My Island by Jean Rogers

Goodbye, My Island

byJean RogersIllustratorRie Munoz

Paperback | October 1, 2001

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Esther Atoolik is twelve years old and her Alaskan village is getting smaller; there aren't enough children to keep the school open. What to do? the people ask. Should we abandon our island in the Bering Sea that her people have lived on for centuries? Here is the tender, true story of Esther's last season in her island home and the wonderful memories she carries with her. A chapter book illustrated with the drawings of Rie Muñoz. 

Jean Rogers has lived in Juneau, Alaska, since 1945. There, she and her husband George adopted and raised six lively children, and Jean wrote seven children’s books. Among them was the Alaskan classic, The Secret Moose, and two books about the Natives of King Island. The idea for Goodbye, My Island took shape while Jean was collaborati...
Title:Goodbye, My IslandFormat:PaperbackPublished:October 1, 2001Publisher:Graphic Arts BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0882405381

ISBN - 13:9780882405384

Appropriate for ages: 7 - 7


From the Author

“The closing of King Island school in 1964 marked the end of a way of life for the islanders. For a  year or two longer a few did return to the island for the winter, but gradually the abandoned World War II huts in Nome in which they camped summers became their permanent home.” Jean Rogers, from the Afterword, Goodbye, My Island.

Read from the Book

“The school teacher rose. ‘I, too, have bad news,’ Roger said. He spoke slowly, with long pauses, so everyone could hear and understand. ‘The Bureau of Indian Affairs has told me, too, that this is the last year there will be school on King Island. I am very sorry to say this as Marie and I have enjoyed our teaching very much.’….Inside me a bad feeling twisted and turned like a bird trying to free itself from the net. How many times our father had told us that it was important that we attended the white man’s school and learn all we could.” From Chapter 4, page 25

Editorial Reviews

“A treasure.”  Seattle Post-Intelligencer