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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 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.
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.