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The Island

Written by Armin Greder

Illustrated by Armin Greder

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The Island Review

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Politics, Law, Philosophy & Ethics Recommended Children's eBooks World Religions

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.


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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

The Island Synopsis

A powerful graphic novel for all ages about how human beings respond to outsiders. 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.

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This is a bleak, dark, sad book and a useful prompt for discussion.  Books for Keeps

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ISBN: 9781847382962
Publication date: 01/04/2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781741752663
Publication date: 01/08/2007
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books an imprint of Allen & Unwin
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781741752663
Publication date: 1st August 2007
Author: Armin Greder
Illustrator: Armin Greder
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Children's Books an imprint of Allen & Unwin
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Politics & Law, World Religions
Recommendations: eBooks

About Armin Greder

Picture book illustrator Armin Greder was born in Switzerland and migrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1971. Armin has worked as a graphic designer and currently lectures tertiary art students, illustrating picture books in between teaching and other interests. As a child Armin spent a lot of time drawing in the back of his exercise books when he should have been paying attention in class. In books such as The Great Bear and An Ordinary Day his art reflects his European background. Charcoal often features in his work.

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