Island Boy by Barbara Cooney

Island Boy

byBarbara CooneyIllustratorBarbara Cooney

Paperback | June 1, 1991

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The acclaimed author of Miss Rumphius recounts the lives of four generations living on a New England coastal island and the importance of family ties.

The youngest and quietest of 12 children, Matthias grew closest to Tibbets Island, learning its secrets through the years. And though in later years he sailed to faraway places, he always returned to the island he loved.


"Island Boy is certain to be a favorite for family sharing, as well as a must for school and public libraries. Teachers will love it; buy extra copies."—School Library Journal

"As encompassing as the portrait of a life depicted in the award-winning Miss Rumphius , Cooney's latest work is an ode to simple acts of daily living."—Publishers Weekly 

About The Author

Barbara Cooney was an American writer and illustrator of over 100 children's books, published over sixty years. She won two Caldecott Medals, which are awarded to the year's best-illustrated U.S. picture book, and a National Book Award. Her books have been translated into 10 languages.
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Title:Island BoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 8 × 9.75 × 0.13 inPublished:June 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140507566

ISBN - 13:9780140507560

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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"Matthias is the youngest son in a family of 12 children who live with their parents on Tibbetts Island, Maine . . . When he is old enough to leave home, Matthias sails around the world, but always knows where his heart lies . . . a cherishable glimpse of a bygone time".--Publishers Weekly. Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Full-color illustrations

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"Island Boy is certain to be a favorite for family sharing, as well as a must for school and public libraries. Teachers will love it; buy extra copies."—School Library Journal

"As encompassing as the portrait of a life depicted in the award-winning Miss Rumphius , Cooney's latest work is an ode to simple acts of daily living."—Publishers Weekly