Little Island - Big Adventures
Ruben, during their last school year on the island. Told from Sara-Ann's point of view, it abounds with mischief and humorous adventures as it gives a close-up view of the way of life on this tiny Grenadine island in the 1960s. Sara-Ann's adventures featuring the local witch, a mad bull, a graveyard prank, a jilted bride and other exciting events are highly entertaining. The language is stimulating and will help to extend the vocabulary of the 12-14 age group.
SynopsisSara-Ann lives with her family on a tiny Grenadine island, affiliated to Grenada in the Eastern Caribbean. Her father is the headmaster of the lone school which she attends with her older sister and two younger brothers. The headmaster is head cook and bottle washer on the island which has only one church, no police presence, no electricity and no running water. Most of the children go barefooted even to school. Because of her family's position, Sara-Ann gets to know most of everybody's business, and often gets involved in the events, sometimes amusing, sometimes tragic but always highly entertaining. Her friendship with Ruben, a thirteen year-old boy in her class, is constantly challenged by Elsie, another classmate.
There is the merest hint of romantic development as the headmaster moves his family to Grenada and Ruben also gets a chance to further his education there. The novel ends with a strong expression of faith in answered prayers by both Sara-Ann and Ruben.
- This story places emphasis on the strength of family, family ties and community.
- The story is told by an imaginative child who is an avid reader.The language should stimulate and extend the vocabulary of the 12-14 age group.
- The story is set in the 1960s, and the environment and the characters are typically Caribbean. The story develops around many different colourful characters.
- The story gives an intimate glimpse of the culture and habits of the people on the island.
- The typeface and layout are reader friendly. Even reluctant readers will be comfortable with the look and feel of the book.
Notes To Teachers:
Descriptive writing - the story abounds with highly imaginative descriptive writing. Teachers will find that it will extend their exploration of literature through the highly creative use of imagery, metaphors and other figures of speech. Here's an example: ?Sunset colours stained the horizon in a gay farewell to the sun. There was a quiet splash and gurgle as playful wavelets enjoyed a game on the white sand.? (p. 43)Character development- The story is told in the first person by Sara-Ann, the main character. Teachers can explore the strengths and limitations of this devise with their students. Students can measure the author?s success in making the characters in the story believable.
The story can be used to develop communication skills and research techniques.Values and AttitudesThis story readily lends itself to discussion on family and community values and attitudes. Students can discuss the values displayed and the ways in which life in a small community can be both rewarding and stifling.