Island Boy by Barbara Cooney

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To celebrate its 30th anniversary, a stunning new edition of one of Barbara Cooney's best-loved books.

The acclaimed author of Miss Rumphius recounts the lives of four generations living on a New England coastal island and the importance of family ties.

The youngest and quietest of 12 children, Matthias grew closest to Tibbets Island, learning its secrets through the years. And though in later years he sailed to faraway places, he always returned to the island he loved.

"Island Boy is certain to be a favorite for family sharing, as well as a must for school and public libraries. Teachers will love it; buy extra copies."—School Library Journal

"As encompassing as the portrait of a life depicted in the award-winning Miss Rumphius , Cooney's latest work is an ode to simple acts of daily living."—Publishers Weekly 


Barbara Cooney traveled the world, lived in a house by the sea in Maine, and made the world more beautiful through her art. She was a two-time Caldecott Medal winner, for Chanticleer and the Fox in 1959 and Ox-Cart Man in 1980. Her beloved book Miss Rumphius was the winner of the American Book Award in 1982. Barbara Cooney died in 2000 at the age of eighty-two.

Target Age: 3-5

Puffin Books

Pub Date: June 01, 1991

0.13" H x 8.03" L x 9.8" W

40 pages



Viking Books for Young Readers

Pub Date: September 04, 2018

0.3" H x 10.2" L x 8.0" W

44 pages