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Island Boy, Hardback Book


In simple prose and exquisite illustrations, two-time Caldecott winner Barbara Cooney celebrates a simple, all but forgotten way of life.

Matthais Tibbetts grows up on the outermost island of a great bay in Maine.

Although he sails the world as a young man, he knows he will return to the island to farm and fish and raise a family.

Through the changing times, Matthais teaches new generations the island ways. "A good man. A good life," his neighbours and friends say. For this 30th anniversary edition, Cooney's luminous art has been reoriginated, restoring the glowing colour that is her hallmark.

A foreword by her son, Barnaby Porter, describes Cooney's lifelong love of the Maine coast.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780451480927



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