Nara and the Island

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Nara lives with her father on a tiny island and dreams of visiting the island across the waves. So when she gets the opportunity to visit the mysterious island, an amazing adventure unfolds. This stunning story is the debut of exciting author-illustrator talent Dan Ungureanu.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2016
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2016-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039090, JUV039060, JUV068000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 10.25
Lexile 570
Features Original artwork and Reviewed



“A heartening story about exploration, bravery, and making new friends.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Ungureanu’s debut picture book shows the beauty of island living through the eyes of a child. . . . A charming addition for one-on-one and small group sharing that offers plenty to talk, think, and write about.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“[A] magic-tinged . . . haunting, slightly surreal story that speaks to the rewards of both independence and companionship.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Nara’s homely face is reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s work, adding to the book’s overall nostalgic and somewhat otherworldly feel. . . . Superficially sweet, with sophisticated undercurrents. . . .”—Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Dan Ungureanu

Dan Ungureanu has always loved drawing. He studied art in his native country of Romania, and recently graduated from Cambridge School of Art with an MA in children's book illustration. Nara and the Island is his author-illustrator debut.