“How is an Island a part of the land?”
“Come with me, said the fish, down into the dark secret places of the sea and I will show you.”
“I can’t swim,” said the cat. “Show me another way or I’ll eat you up.”
“Then you must take it on faith what I tell you,” said the fish.
“What’s that?” said the cat — “Faith.”
“To believe what I tell you about what you don’t know,” said the fish.
🌴The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard 🌊
In this little gem of a book, we can steal away to an island and step back in time to 1947, when the
collaborative effort of author Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Leonard Weisgard earned the Caldecott Medal. Readers experience island life day and night through tides and seasons. Creatures of all kinds fly above, crawl on, and swim around the Island, “a part of the world and a world of its own.” A kitten arrives by boat and learns an important truth, his eyes “shining with the secret of it.”
The poetic language and artwork, featuring hues of blues and greens, truly capture the wonder of nature. The story is sweetly simple for small tots yet complex for the older set, making this an excellent choice for a shared read aloud.
See the full list of Caldecott Medal books by year, including Caldecott Honor books 1938-present on the American Library Association’s website, here. You can also search Amazon’s Children’s Book Award Page (which includes Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners and more).
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