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Seacrow Island Hardcover – 15 Sep 1969

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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; [1st American ed.] edition (15 Sept. 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670625914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670625918
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,351,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a warm and affectionate memoir of a close family's summer on a remote island, but I read it as a bit edgier, (and thus more interesting), than many of the reviewers who have comfy childhood memories of this book. This isn't "The Sound of Music" with fish.

The Melkerson family comprises father Melker, who is rather scatterbrained, theatrical and ineffectual, except when he's not. We have twelve and thirteen year old Johan and Niklas and "baby" Pelle who are more typical young boys. For me, the central figure of the family is nineteen year old Malin, the daughter who is essentially the mother/housekeeper/responsible adult for this crowd. She is buffeted and confused and exasperated by all of her roles and is fascinating as she switches gears and moods during the course of the summer, (actually, sometimes during the course of a day).

On top of all of this we have the islanders, who are a mixed bag of characters, mostly with redeeming or at least eccentric and engaging qualities. Leading the island pack is seven year old Tjorven, a willful independent neighbor girl who is usually at the center of the action.

This is not some mild Swedish version of "Five Little Peppers" or "Little Women". This has some vinegar and conflict and spark that spices up the island summer. There are touching family scenes, some sensitive nature writing, a few antic comedy events, lots of swimming and boating, some very dry humor, (a dog and a fish having a staring contest), a bit of suspense and adventure, and some broad humor. Underlying it all is an odd blend of cheer and wistfulness.
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I read this book years ago as a child and loved it. With hazy memories of a tale of an idyllic summer holiday, I have now bought it for my granddaughter to enjoy.
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Beautiful cover
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars total classic, book to be cherished 25 Sept. 2011
By Wells Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
I read this book in German when I was younger and have loved it ever since. I still have a German copy and am sad that it is not available in English. This might be my favorite Astrid Lindgren book, though it is hard to choose. I know Pippi Longstocking is popular, but this book hits home so much more with me. The title is a bit deceptive, I think, it sounds a little bleak, and pirate-ish, which it is not. It is just a family book with lovable characters that evokes the spirit of summertime and true friendship in a way that is rare and impactful. The title in German (which I know is also not the original language, but just saying, is more like "Summer on ------- Island." That sounds a bit more accurate to the content.) It is charming and vivid and just delightful. I hope it comes into print in English, or I really will have to get more diligent with teaching German to my children! Seriously, this book is that big of a motivator! Get it! It is worth the price for Lindgren fans and book collectors, perhaps as a gift for wealthy children who "already have everything." =)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sea Crow Island 10 Mar. 2000
By Björn Heffler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In this book you will discover an amazing spirit! Read all about the families who live on this little island, Tjorven, the maincharacter is so sweet! Astrid Lindgren made it again! She is the queen of children books all over the world!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites 9 Mar. 2003
By Vytenis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When I was a kid it was one of my favorites. Now I am 27 and it still is. It's about a summer in a peaceful island where a Swedish family spend their vacation. I read this books every spring when I miss summer so much...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best children's books ever 8 Dec. 2009
By Anna van D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
if you're used to the magic world of Lindgren's other books, this one is soberingly realistic. A family's holiday in their badly chosen summer cottage will stick in your memory for the rest of your life, whether you're 10 or 80. All the characters are just so alive, and situations so heartbreakingly familiar, they make this book a classic for all times, a must-read for your kids.
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, well-written classic for you to enjoy 13 Oct. 2015
By Storywraps - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tiny Seacrow Island is joined by hundreds of other islands in the Baltic Sea. It is perfect because there is everything you would want an island to have, and to be. Island life is for the avid nature lover and young at heart, although not many young people live there. The Melkerson family, with four kids, rent out Carpenter's Cottage and find they are a great novelty and warmly welcomed by the locals:

"Johan and Niklas Melkerson, at twelve and thirteen, are natural companions for adventurous Freddy and Teddy (girls exactly their age); dreamy Pelle, the baby of the family, gets up to trouble with bossy Tjorven and fanciful Stina; and ever-responsible Malin, who at nineteen looks after her scatterbrained father as well as her brothers, catches the eye of all the island's young men."

-nyrb.com

After a summer's stay on Seacrow Island the Melkerson family feel like it is their new found home (albeit rundown and badly need of repair). The characters are vividly portrayed, very charming and believable. The island community is tight knit and inclusive. The setting of the story is alluring and the adventures portrayed are engrossing... luring the reader to join in and be accepted by the islanders too.

This rich story is full of the best in storytelling: "sweetness and sorrow, humour and suspense" spun by the famous author of Pippi Longstocking. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
-nyrb.com
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