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by David A. Johnson,Jacqueline Briggs Martin

In the deep blue waters of Lake Superior lies a small island of hummingbirds, rabbits, and hardy Norwegian fishing folk. On that island lives a boy named Carl who wants nothing more than to be out on the water in a boat of his own making. So this is a story of sawing, nailing, and sanding. But because Sand Island neighbors are closer than cousins, this is also a story of picking strawberries, moving rocks, and mending fishing nets fine as lace.
Download On Sand Island (Golden Kite Honors) epub
ISBN: 061823151X
ISBN13: 978-0618231515
Category: Children
Subcategory: Geography & Cultures
Author: David A. Johnson,Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Language: English
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 25, 2003)
Pages: 32 pages
ePUB size: 1296 kb
FB2 size: 1814 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 598
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This book is stunning. The soft, detailed illustrations. The poetic, historically sound, and emotionally riveting story. I adore On Sand Island. Leafing through this book, you can feel the island air, the water, the tender, honest drive of the main character. A beautiful, beautiful book.
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This is based on a true story, a 10-year-old boy whose mother is deceased, living on Sand Island (in Lake Superior), a community of Norwegian's, with his father and with his younger sister. His father is a fisherman and he longs for the day when he can have his own boat. His younger sister tells him he is too young to own his own boat. He decided to make his dream a reality and one step at a time, and does build his own boat. He does not have a full plan at the beginning but takes it one step at a time. He finds male neighbors and friends to help him along the way, by borrowing a tool or bartering his work for their time and labor. I found it odd that he never asked his father for help, a little odd that there was more help from neighbors than his own father, but I assume his father was very busy fishing to support his family! The last step in the process was getting oars and his father did give him some old oars that they had in storage, which Carl had to refinish.
The themes in the book are of independence, hard work, perseverance, and ingenuity. I thought the boys resourcefulness in finding help wonderful. The boy's positive attitude is wonderful. With each step of the boat-building project we see the amount of hard work that he had to put into making it, a wonderful thing to see in a 10 year old.
The book ends first with Carl's peaceful and rewarding solo boat ride then with a party to celebrate the newest boat on the island including music and dancing.
The illustrations are gorgeous, pale paintings that look as if painted atop a canvas laid with sand!
In the author's note at the back of the book, I learned that this tale is set in the early 1900s and is based on a real person named Carl Dahl. In the 1940s sea lampreys came into Lake Superior and killed all the whitefish and trout, essentially killing the fishing industry there. The site of Carl Dahl's home is now being used to house a ranger's cabin for the National Park Service.
This picture book is based on a true story of a little boy who lived long ago on Sand Island. His dad is a fisherman and the little boy wants to be like him. He sets out to build his own boat. He has to trade work for supplies and he finally gets his boat made! The whole island meets and has a party to celebrate!

I liked that the little boy used his mind to work out his problems. He didn't have some of the supplies and skills that he needed to build his boat. He went to neighors for help and offed skills that he did have in exchange.

Yes I enjoyed ths book. Kids will learn a lot of the authors note like the site of Carl Dahl's (the boy who the book is based on) home is now being used to house a ranger's cabin for the National Park Service.
This is a wonderful and evocative book. Sand Island is a real place, where real people used to live, and the author does a marvelous job of presenting the way life was like for a curious young boy growing up on this little island in the middle of Lake Superior.
When this book was over, we wanted more.

This is a great book about getting what you want by giving others what they need. Really good setting -- believable characters and beautiful illustrations.

This is great for a family read-aloud, emphasize cooperation and goal-achieving.