|The Island (Scholastic, 2005)|
The blurb on the back of the book asks, "How do we find happiness? And once we find it, how can we hold on to it?"
Posing these basic philosophical questions, the illustrator Peter Sheehan has created a fabulous sea creature which is rubbery, colourful, comical and sweet. The blind boy has a whimsical, soft look in contrast to the rest of the tribe who are rigid and monochomed.
This picture book leaves a lasting impression and generates a lot of discussion with kids about perceptions, values and the pusuit of happiness.