written and illustrated by Lori Doody
A small windswept island weathers the sea.
An island off the coast of another island is home to a small community; life is rich with joy and challenges, and the people who live there love their island home. One day they learn that the government will move them off the island, to new homes with modern conveniences like electricity. Life will be easier, but will it be better?
In gentle and spare prose, and with her unique folk-art illustrations, Lori Doody tells the story of resettlement in Newfoundland—it is a deeply personal tale, but it is also the story of anyone who must leave a loved home to start anew and who carries their old home still in their heart.
What folks are saying
The economical text effectively conveys a wealth of emotion and captures a full range of feeling. Precise, spare and carefully crafted sentences outline the events while the spaces between the sentences tell their own story. [...] The story is touching and heartfelt, and will speak to readers of all ages. ~ Lisa Doucet, Atlantic Books Today
A must-read for all ages, The Island captures a glimpse of the past that needs to be shared and remembered. Highly recommended. ~ Christina Pike, CM: Canadian Review of Materials (read the full review)
[Lori Doody's] gentle plots and captivating illustrations invite readers young and old into familiar worlds seen with fresh eyes. [...] This spare and beautiful depiction of a long and tangly piece of Newfoundland history caused me to mist over and I don't mind admitting that the sweet ending elicited a little "oof" sound from this normally stoic reader. ~ Jean Graham, The Northeast Avalon Times
Lori Doody tells this historical tale through the use of simple language and bold, colourful illustrations. It is accessible to young readers and would make a great read-aloud. [...] Classroom Connection: The Island provides many opportunities for primary school students to engage in discussions about this historical event (e.g., How is life simpler in larger communities?). There are also opportunities for students to practise reading strategies such as making connections, asking questions, and making predictions. ~ Brenda Boreham, Canadian Teacher Magazine