Abels place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carried him off and dumped him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness--he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones--Abel cant find a way to get back home. Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river--and home. Abels time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world hes separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills & talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville & his dear Amanda again.
Paperback, 128 pages.
|Grades||3 & Up|
|Author Name||William Steig|
|Format||Children's Books & Literature|
|Catalog||Classroom Resources Grades 3-8|