A heartwarming tale of one mouse's struggle to go home, with delightful illustrations by the author.
Abel's place in his familiar mouse world has always been secure; he has an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood waters carry him off and leave him on an uninhabited island. In spite of his determination and stubborn resourcefulness - he tries crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones - Abel can't 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.
Abel's Island was a New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year, an Outstanding Book of the Year, and a Newbery Honor Book.
William Steig (1907-2003) was an American cartoonist, sculptor and illustrator and writer of children's books. He was also the creator of Shrek!, which inspired the film series of the same name. He was the U.S. nominee for both of the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Awards, as a children's book illustrator in 1982 and a writer in 1988.
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