This story is a great one for older kids (say ages 9-14) though adults may derive some pleasure from it.
The story itself is not very believable, but it is none-the-less entertaining, and hard to put down!
how blind he had been before he lost his sight and experienced the kindness, wisdom, and love of a simple and extraordinary man.
Grade 5-8This is a classic novel about racism and a young man's realization that skin color does not matter. Phillip is an 11-year-old living in the West Indies at the start of World War II. He's excited at the idea of being in the war but is taken away by his mother who only wants to return to the safety of Virginia. Their ship is sunk by the Germans, and Phillip and his mother end up on separate life rafts. After being hit on the head with a beam from the sinking ship, Phillip awakens to find himself alone with Timothy, an old black ship hand, and Stew Cat, the ship's tomcat. The three survive on a raft for several days, during which time Phillip loses his eyesight due to the head injury. They eventually come ashore on a small unpopulated island. Phillip must learn to deal with his blindness and overcome his dislike for Timothy. Phillip's question, "Timothy, are you still black?," shows that Phillip has moved past the barrier of color. After Timothy's death, Phillip continues to live on the island and is eventually rescued and reunited with his parents. This audio version of Theodore Taylor's novel (Doubleday, 1987) is well done, with actor Michael Boatman doing a wonderful job of giving the characters individual voices. The West Indian dialect is smooth. At the end of the novel, there's an author Q&A featuring an interview with Taylor in which he talks about the inspirations for his characters and his travels. An excellent purchase for middle and high school libraries.Lisa D. Williams, Chocowinity Middle School, NC
This is a really excellent young adult novel--neat for adults, too! Could you have done as well as young Phillip if YOU'D been stranded on a tiny island in the Caribbean?
From back cover: Shipwrecked! All his life Phillip had looked down upon black-skinned people. Now,suddenly, he was a refugee from a fatal shipwreck, and dependent on an extraordinary West Indain named Timothy. There were just the two of them cast upon the barren little Carribean Island...three if you counted Stew Cat...and a crack on the head had left Phillip blind.
Great book! I read this book to my family during our vacation last year. We all loved it. A boy and a man are shipwrecked together in the caribbean during WW2 and they learn to "see" each other differently and appreciate each other's differences and knowledge. There is also a sequel.
A snob is a refugee from a ship wreck in the caribbean. With just two people on the island. Phillip (the snob) will find out what a true companion is. Growing up and surviving!
My 13 year old loved this book and I heard all about it whilst he was reading it!
great book opens your eyes worth reading!!