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The Island Hardcover – 1 Apr 2008
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A stark and sombre tale to stimulate discussion of racisim and prejudice, while the striking artwork gives it interest for adults and collectors too.(Bookseller)
A powerful marriage of text and illustration, and desperatley uncomfortable, with motifs that could be applied to most of the bad things tnat are happening in the world today. This is a bookshowing that we have much to learn, in many different ways.(Guardian Best New Children's Books Supplement)
With spare, poetic text and menacing illustrations excecuted in a limited range of sombre colours, this picture book for older children by Armin Greder conveys a strong sense of drama and obliges readers to think about xenophobia and the consequences of an instinctive act of compassion. Eloquent and passionate, 'The Island' is a picture book that poses questions rather than supplying answers.(Time Out)
Editor's choice: All the protagonists in the tale are white and the story thus evokes the pogroms and ethnic cleansings of Europe although its message is one that applies to all the many places in the world where refugees are made unwelcome in camps and detetions centres. The title is also resonant recalling John Donne's 'No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main... any man's death diminishes me, beacause I am involved in Mankind...' [Greber's] strickingly forceful artwork in sombre pastelsd with charcoal line contrasts the vunerability of the small figure of the naked man with the burly, thickset men who menace him with their pitchforks. The turbulent sea that surrounds the island underlines the man's desperate need for a safe place. This is a book that will prooke a great deal of discussion and techers can download uselful teaching notes from www.allenandunwin.com(Books for Keeps)
The Island by Armin Greder is a picturebook, but is not beneath the attention of teens. It is an extraordinary parable about refugees. A naked man is washed up on an island, where the inhabitants treat him with suspicion, won't give him a job, and, finally, work themselves up into a state of fear and hatred and send him to his death, turning their island into a fortress that won't accept strangers. The dark, expertly drawn, charcoal images, with references to Munch and Fuseli, would stimulate teenagers interested in art and anyone interested in society(Nicolette Jones Sunday Times)
An astonishing book about refugees, xenophobia, racism and human rights.(Carousel)
This is a bleak, dark, sad book and a useful prompt for discussion.(Books for Keeps)
When the people of the Island discover a man and a tattered raft on their beach, they are reluctant to take him in. He doesn't look like them. But they cannot send him back to the sea where he will surely perish. Instead, they put him aside but even that doesn't solve their problem. The Island is an astonishing and powerful picture book about refugees, xenophobia, multiculturalism, social politics and human rights. It tackles big themes in subtle ways with a fable-like text and stunning artwork that will provoke discussion for upper primary and secondary school levels about issues that remain so much a part of our national discourse.See all Product description
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A dark story, with shady illustrations, to reflect an obscure reality of human behavior.
reminds me a bit of Gabriel Garcia Marquez stories for kids — gloomy and apparently not for children. but should we always deny the children a look upon a real world???
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