Title: Island BoyIsland Boy
Author: Barbara Cooney
Pages: 38
Recommended Ages: 7-10
Star Rating: ★★★★★

There wasn’t always a home on the island. It was forlorn, uninhabited. Until the Tibbetts arrived. They built a great white house using logs from the island – Tibbetts Island, as it came to be called. They grew a garden in the island’s earth, built stone walls to section the island off, and sailed in the island’s bay.

The Tibbett children grew. Some moved away and married. But Matthais, the youngest of the twelve Tibbetts, loved the island. As he grew he sometimes went on voyages away from the island, but always he returned, and when he married, he brought his wife there to live. All of his life he was truly the island boy. And when he died, he left a grandson inspired with the same love who would continue his legacy as the island boy.


The presentation of family life in Island Boy is fresh and sweet. The siblings work alongside each other and enjoy pillow fights with each other – they learn from and care from one another. The relationship between Matthais, his daughter Annie, and her son Matthais, is especially sweet. I appreciated that although from different generations, they were all able to connect to and live with one another.

Conclusion. Good.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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