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Seacrow Island

 
 
Author
Astrid Lindgren. Evelyn Ramsden, trans.
Publisher NYR Children's Collection  
Format laminated cover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9781590178683
Pages/Publication Date 245/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59473
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Tiny Seacrow Island is one of hundreds of islands in the sparkling blue of the Baltic Sea. When the four Melkerson kids and their father move into Carpenter's Cottage, they're immediately welcomed by the resourceful islanders. Johan and Niklas Melkerson, at 12 and 13, are natural companions for adventurous Freddy and Teddy (local girls exactly their age); dreamy Pelle, the youngest of the family, gets up to trouble with bossy Tjorven and fanciful Stina; and ever-responsible Malin, who at 19 looks after her scatterbrained father as well as her brothers, catches the eye of all the island's young men. Seacrow Island—one of Astrid Lindgren's chapter book adventures for readers 8 to 12 (beloved by adult readers as well)—is a remarkable story, filled with sweetness and sorrow, humor and suspense, and peopled with vivid, unexpected characters. Also the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren (1907–2002) was inspired by the Småland countryside and the islands of the Stockholm archipelago. She received the Swedish Academy's Gold Medal in 1971 for her contribution to children's literature, and in 2003 the Swedish government created the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in her honor.

"Astrid Lindgren's Seacrow Island (1964), an idyll about a family and a village set in the Stockholm archipelago in the mid-20th century, has enchanted me.... I liked it so much that I consumed it slowly, like a savored cake. A month later I read it again, perhaps even more deliberately. It is a beautiful book, rendered in an entirely fluent English translation by Evelyn Ramsden, and certainly for adult readers as well as the children to whom it could be read."—NYReview Daily

 
 
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