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My wife read this book to me while I was driving on a roadtrip. Her mom had found her childhood copy and sent it to her. It has to be one of the most awesomely bad books ever written. It's intended for children of course, but that doesn't make it any less terrible. It's some screwy adventure tale of two young sisters on a sinking ocean liner who end up alone in a life boat with two or three babies. IT'S LIKE A DREAM COME TRUE! The older sister is quite the mother hen, while the younger, butcher
Oh great God! I can't believe this book is listed! I read Baby Island over and over when I was a child. I still talk about it to little kids and they all want to read it. I'm going to have to buy it. I wonder if it's as marvelous as I remember. What was not to love? Intrepid girls, charged with the care of several babies, marooned on an island! I didn't worry about those girls for one minute. I wanted to be them. A great read for a young girl.
It's pretty unrealistic (seriously, the babies don't cry for much of anything, a tooth pops up right over the course of an afternoon, and there are no diaper changes in sight), but it's such a fun little story. I had to laugh at how long the milk supply managed to hold out...that was apparently quite the stash! But the story itself was a fun read and an enjoyable way to spend a tired-out evening.
Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink, children’s author extraordinaire10% of this book I spent shaking my head and wowing at the hilarious improbability of it all 20% of this book I spent wanting to update Goodreads with said such comical little scenes and Oscar worthy dialogue plays I had come across70% of this book I spent too engrossed with reading the book (aka chortling, cackling, snickering, tittering, and guffawing while turning pages and staring at ink-covered, dry tree pulp) to even acknow
I saved every penny I earned so I could buy this book in the 6th grade at book fair in school. This was the book that started it all for me. This book opened up a love for reading in me. It is still a cherrished and greatly loved book by me and I can not wait to share my old tattered copy with my granddaghter in a few years. THANK YOU Carol Ryrie Brink!
I remember my sister Teresa reading this to me one summer when Mom decided we needed to have a "rest time" every afternoon. We loved it--Baby Island, I mean, not "rest time". I just read it to Lizzy and Katie and they loved it. It appeals to the baby love that we females are born with. Since I recently read Lord of the Flies, Baby Island struck me as extremely implausible, but is a fun read.
Yeah, this is sort of a weird book. I get that. But I don't care. It will always have a very affectionate spot in my heart. This is the edition I had when I was a kid, and I remember always thinking that the blond girl on the cover, who I think is the big sister, looks like Tina Yothers. Love this book no matter what. (But I probably won't re-read it -- I don't need any bubbles burst.)
This was a reread from my childhood ... and I still adore it!I almost always carry a book in my purse so that I have something to read when I'm out and about. This was a fun one to tote around because everyone that saw the cover poking out commented on how much they loved the book as a child! It was such a delightful connection to make with people!The story is about two sisters, Mary and Jean, aged twelve and ten, that get shipwrecked on their voyage to Australia. They were not the only ones in
Read it on an airplane. Good, wholesome, baby-island fun. No revelations, but surely a happier way to spend a few hours than watching the new Miley Cyrus movie.
This is the first book that I remember reading on my own. I was in third grade and loved it! 5 star for a very young girl.Just read it again and it is darling.
We expected to enjoy this book so much more than did. We so enjoyed 'Winter Cottage ' we had high expectations of this one.Two girls without a mother are going to join their father who has lived in Australia for some time, when a storm causes the the girls and four babies to be cast off alone in a life boat. This idea has so much potential for an exciting story. We found that at the time this was written childcare was so different that I had to keep stopping reading to explain things my daughter...
I checked this book out from the library so many times as a young girl that the librarian eventually just gave me the book. I still have it in my home library.
Mary and Jean are on an ocean liner traveling to Australia when disaster strikes: the boat is about to sink! Concerned about the babies on board the ship, the two girls collect them all in a lifeboat, which is then set loose in the ocean with only the children aboard. The girls and their four baby charges end up on a desert island, where they immediately set up camp, search for food, and begin to care for the babies as best they can. As the book progresses, they also meet a monkey and a reclusiv...
I loved this book when I read it in the summer of 1950 before entering third grade. I loved babies and the idea of being shipwrecked with 4 of them ... Heaven. This book was responsible for my love of reading. I could never get any of my there daughters to read it, though, in spite of a generous bribe. I still re-read it occasionally and enjoy it just as much though my tastes have evolved. I love the quaint language and the illustrations. Maybe I can get my granddaughters to read it.
Awesomely bad pretty much sums it up. A ridiculous story, but at the same time a really, really fun read. It was a favorite in my childhood, and after a reread, it's still a keeper.
Recommended for ages 8-12, but tentatively on my 6-year-old's reading list for this year, this book had me a little nervous, and I decided to read ahead. I was delighted by this story, written back in the 1930s, about two sisters whose fondness for babysitting gets them into thrilling adventures as they are shipwrecked with four babies. I've read the first couple of chapters aloud to my two girls (6 and 4), and they are enchanted. It appeals to their love of wee ones--as Mary, the elder sister,
My 8 year old niece and I have started a book club. The first book we read was Sarah, Plain and Tall. Review to come later. The book for August is Baby Island. This has a silly title, but don't let that fool you. It is a cute and adventurous story. It takes place in the pacific ocean where Jean and Mary 10 and 12 find themselves in charge of 4 little children after a shipwreck. Their life boat was let down before it should have been, without any adult on board. They hope to find an island so tha...
Well, this was a delightfully nostalgic read, full of 1930s American slang and lots of young heroine chutzpah. Here is the basic premise: 2 brave sisters, Mary and Jean (ages 12 and 10, respectively) are shipwrecked on a deserted island, with four babies in tow. Yes, it may be a simple plotline, but it makes for an entertaining story! Although this was written in the 1930s, it still appeals to young readers today. I read this book with four 4th and 5th grade girls, who selected it themselves as
I loved this when I was little, though being Jewish, even then I was uncomfortable with the fact that the characters are missionaries. But I think every child has a shipwrecked on an island and living in a treehouse fantasy, and this certainly appeals to that. And it introduced me to the word "hardtack," the meaning of which I'm still unsure about.
This book is actually quite terrible--unbelievable, ridiculous, and contrived--but I read it so many times when I was a kid (ha, and even acted it out with my sister and our dolls--I was Mary...) that I'm fond of it even so.
This was one of my very favorites as a kid. Although I'm sure it can't possibly be as good as I remember, but I'd love to read it again, just for the nostalgia.
I picked this book up from the Dublin library discard shelf around the time that Harriet was a newborn. Feeling a little overwhelmed by how much attention and care she needed those first couple months, I picked up the book. It had an absurd title and was short enough to finish quickly. From the cover art, I was under the impression that Baby Island was written in the 1960s or early 1970s. Actually though it was first published in 1937.Mary and Jean on a ship bound for Australia where their fathe...
I spent the winter I was seven curled up with this book. I ordered it from a book order, and I loved it! I was a bit confused by it because it was written in the 1930s and people carry handkerchiefs and think chocolate is a major treat. I always thought it came from a different country. But anyway, that's neither here nor there. Two girls are stranded on an island with four babies. They eventually find and befriend a grumpy man who came to the island to get away from babies. Not great literature...
Great story, unrealistic as it may be. A Swallows and Amazons primer? Just the thing for those who love babies, monkeys, pirates, parrots, and happy endings. Winning illustrations in both color and black-and-white are a perfect match for this lighthearted Robinsonade.
Completely fantastic? Yes. Wildly unbelievable? Yes. Utterly delightful? Yes!!! This little book was one that I’d wanted to read in my childhood, having spied it on another child’s shelf, but never did. So this was a first reading for myself as well as my daughter. And we both enjoyed it! This is a light, sunny little story, a Shirley Temple in printed form. It makes no claim to be otherwise, and it succeeds at this so wonderfully!
As a adult I see a lot wrong with this book, realism wise. However, I read this book over and over and over again in late elementary school. I was a favorite for a long time, so my 10 year old self give is 5 stars; my adult self, not quite so many.
This was another favorite of mine when I was a kid. I really liked the storyline and how the two girls cared for the babies.
I recall this being wildly entertaining as a child, and it's just as amusing as an adult, mostly because it's the most absurd thing ever written. Prim and proper 12 yr old Mary and her 10 yr old sister, Jean, master of jaunty made-up songs and morbid comments, wake in the night to find that their ship is going down en route from San Francisco to Australia. They do what any sisters would do: rush to the cabins of the cute babies they usually watch and, finding the baby parents absent to deal with...
My wife, Ange, grew up reading this book and we’ve had it on our bookshelf for a few years. Our oldest, Rosie, is finally able to sit still for short chapter books and we couldn’t be more excited! This book is a spin on “Robinson Crusoe”-basically two girls get stuck on an island with four babies and have to take care of them. The premise sounds horrendous to me, but Rosie loves little babies and was captivated by the plot. Fun breezy read, and we’re excited to introduce her to other childhood f...
I read this in the 1980s — several times. It was one of my absolute favorites!!! I’ve been meaning to re-read though I’m afraid I’ll lose the magic. I mean nine-toed grumpy old man, two girls, a bunch of babies, a shipwreck? That’s some high concept. It’s like babysitter’s club meets Robinson Crusoe!