Thy Friend Obadiah Obadiah a young Quaker boy living in colonial Nantucket is constantly followed by a sea gull that he wishes would leave him alone When it does leave he wants it back

  • Title: Thy Friend, Obadiah
  • Author: Brinton Turkle
  • ISBN: 9780140503937
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • Obadiah, a young Quaker boy living in colonial Nantucket, is constantly followed by a sea gull that he wishes would leave him alone When it does leave, he wants it back.

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    1. A sweet story of a little Quaker boy, aggravated by a seagull which follows him EVERYWHERE. In the end, he does accept the bird's presence when he has the chance to do it a favor by untangling a fish hook and line from the seagull's beak.

    2. 5* art5* storyI like this one more than Squirt does at the moment, but he'll come round. There is something magical in this book, reading it out loud is awesome - using " thee" and "thou" is a rare thing these days, and it's surprisingly fun. I wondered if Squirt would be puzzled by it, but he took it all in without blinking. The Illustrations are wonderful. Will be reading this many many times.As an aside - I am reading In the Heart of the Sea by Philbrick - also about Nantucket and the Quaker [...]

    3. There is something very pleasurable in both the illustrations and the use of the words "thee" and "thy" in the course of this book. Like sitting down to a meal of comfort food, I enjoyed reading about Obadiah and his strange friend who follows him wherever he goes. The glimpses of colonial life make this a book that would fit well with a unit on early American history, and the story itself is engaging and kept me wanting to read long after the last page was turned. I will certainly seek out othe [...]

    4. this book taught me to not throw rocks at birds, and about how awesome it is to say "thy friend"

    5. I really like the story. A seagull starts to follow a little boy around, much to the boy's dismay. But the way the story is worded harkens back to the days of "thee" and "thy." Very weird for a little one.

    6. • 1970 Caldecott Honor Book •Very simple, sweet story of a Quaker boy and a seagull that befriends him. I like the artwork but don’t love the colors, although maybe they go well with the subdued tone of the story. Materials used: unlistedTypeface used: unlisted

    7. Lesson in friendship. Historical fiction. Good introduction to language of the past. Setting reminds me of Johnny Tremain. Pictures are simple and calming coloring.

    8. I really like the idea of this book/series. It kept my kids' attention. My husband, however, hated it and insisted on reading it in a strange accent (Southern Twang?) and it made me nuts. Sighhh

    9. Briton Turkles takes his readers on a simplistic journey through the story Thy Friend, Obadiah. This story is about a young boy, Obadiah, who has a seagull following him around everywhere he goes. At first, Obadiah is annoyed by the seagulls stalking and presence. Obadiah’s family thinks that it is “very nice that one of God’s creatures favors thee”, but still Obadiah tries to rid himself of the bird. He yells and the bird and even throws a rock, but still the bird is there. Eventually, [...]

    10. Frankly when I first saw this book, the first things I thought was “Man, this sounds really old-fashioned,” and “Who names their kid Brinton Turkle?”. However, this book has taken me by surprise, in a good way. I had never heard it before I picked it up as part of the Caldecott Challenge, as it is 1970 Caldecott Honor award winner. The story is about a young Quaker boy named Obadiah, who lives with his family in Colonial Nantucket. He is befriended by a seagull he follows him around ever [...]

    11. There are a lot of picture books about kids who love animals, but not too many like this one, where a child does not want an animal to be his friend. This conflict is set up instantly on the title page spread where Obadiah walks ahead of the seagull, looking over his shoulder in annoyance. The only things appearing on that page are the two characters and yet the reader already understands the type of relationship they have. I had some trouble with the language - “thee” and “thy” sounded [...]

    12. Obadiah is followed around by a seagull and wants nothing more than for the bird to leave him alone. When the bird finally does leave him alone he finds that he misses him and wants him back. Eventually their paths meet again and Obadiah helps the bird free himself from some fishing wire around his beak solidifying their friendship. Obadiah is from a Quaker family living in the colonial era so the language includes words like thy and thee. The artwork looks like watercolor. There are some nice a [...]

    13. A little Quaker boy in late 1700s/early 1800s Nantucket is followed around by a friendly seagull. Obadiah dislikes the seagull's attention and scares it off, but when it is hurt he decides to help it and realizes maybe it is ok to have a friendly seagull.Some Caldecott Honor books show their age in their illustration styles, but the illustration style of Turkle in this one is timeless. They are still charming and in a style that will appeal to modern readers. The book provides a little glimpse i [...]

    14. This book won a Caldecott Award. It's story is one of friendship between a boy and a bird. The bird knows he likes the boy but the boy doesn't like the bird hanging around him. He gets teased about it and doesn't like it. But later he misses the bird and goes in search of him. Realizing true friendship. This story is a little hard for 'modern' children since it does use 'thy' and 'thee' quite a bit. The speech is different than children are used to; but nice story to expose them to the language [...]

    15. I would not have expected "Thy Friend, Obadiah" to have been picked for a Caldecott. It is about a young boy who has a sea gull friend follow him around everyday. While most children might enjoy having a friend like this, Obadiah does not. When eventually the bird leaves, Obadiah wishes it was back. The idea of wanting something back after we lost it popped into my head after reading this. I think this would be a good book to expose children for the moral lesson of appreciating what we have in t [...]

    16. This is a sweet, old fashioned story about a seagull who befriends a young boy. The narrative is very simple and is used as a tool to help depict the life of Quakers on Nantucket in Colonial times. The illustrations are very expressive and complement the story nicely. We enjoyed reading this story together.

    17. This Newbery Honor book tells a unique and charming story about a boy who is, inexplicably, befriended by a sea gull. The illustrations are rough-drawn and low-chroma, giving the New England winter an appropriate mood. The language is old-fashioned, using lots of "thee"s and "thou"s and "thy"s, which I really like. It is a wonderful lesson about friendship.

    18. Pleasant little Caldecott Honor picture book. Kind of a simple view of a moment in time in what appears to be Colonial Nantucket. The story is all about a gull that follows a boy around until it needs something from him and they become friends. But it captures what it means to be a boy in that time and place as well. Not great but a good feel to it. 3.5 of 5.

    19. The only reason this book has such a low rating is that I didn't find myself overly interested in the story. I thought that the illustrations were nice and the story fairly straightforward, but I definitely don't see myself buying this book anytime soon.*Taken from my book reviews blog: reviewsatmse/2008

    20. A seagull befriends a young Quaker boy; a young Quaker boy gradually befriends the seagull. This story, drawings and text all done by the author Brinton Turkle, is so sweet it just might draw a tear or two during a read along. And the characters use words like thee and thy, which adds to the charm. Big thumbs up from our family.

    21. The narrative is the gold of this book; the pictures are simple illustrations, but not especially imaginative. I think a young reader's experience of the book would, however, be imaginative. This doesn't feel like it was written in the last hundred years, which helps with its simplicity and endearing storyline.

    22. A Quaker boy is followed by a sea gull but the boy throws rocks at the sea gull until it leaves, then returns with a fish hook in its beak, which the boy removes then acknowledges that now are both friends. A Caldicott Honor Book (not sure which year), 1st published in 1969, republished many years. uncounted # of pgs.; read in Morgan’s 1st NC home, Sept. ‘13/#52.

    23. This is a silly and cute book. It has wonderful illustrations. I love how the author really gets into the mind of a child. The child in this book is completely believable as a youngster. A seagull follows Obadiah around through out the story and his family teases him and calls the bird his friend. Obadiah doesn't want this bird as his friend. See what happens, read this book!

    24. 1970 Caldecott Honor. Favorite Illustraion: I love the page that shows the whole family lined up tall to small on their way to church on Sunday.This is a sweet little tale about a young boy who at first is annoyed by the attention of a pesky sea gull, but eventually learns to care for him.

    25. Caldecotts focus on illustrations and not story which is good because this one is a bit slow. And Unclear. I was confused as to the orientation of the family until I read it was Quaker. Caldecott honor.

    26. I liked this story of the little Quaker boy first resisting, then accepting, the friendship of a sea gull. The paintings expertly capture the very early years of Nantucket Island, including buildings, costumes, ships, and the Quaker family's home.

    27. A Caldecott honor book from 1970, this is a sweet story set in colonial massachusetts? I loved the old fashioned charm of the illustrations and the gentle story of a Quaker boy and a sea gull that befriends him. A subtle message of kindness prevails. I'll fit this into our colonial America study.

    28. A young Quaker boy is annoyed by a seagull that follows him around until a fateful event brings them together.This is a nice story about friendship and helping others. It also has great illustrations.

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