Blue Bay Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Grandfather has a surprise for the Alden children, which is a relief because they were wondering what all the whispering was about. It turns out Grandfather has planned a trip for them all to the South Pacific. Their bags are already packed and on the boat. The Aldens only have to get on it, because Grandfather is made of money and he can do things like this.
The boat trip is delightful and the Aldens find a small island to live on for a time. There’s no one else there, or so they think. When things start going missing from their camp, they start wondering. There’s a Myna bird that can talk and it keeps talking about Peter. Who in the world is Peter and why does a bird know his name?
What I liked
I used to live in the Pacific, not the South Pacific, more like the north Pacific. I lived in Okinawa for three years; it’s a subtropical island. It’s a nice place to live for a while, or just visit. I would definitely like to see more of the Pacific one day.
What I didn’t like
Seriously, what the heck–where does Grandfather get all this money? Maybe, he’s selling some of that Uranium to the Russians. Grandfather has a Uranium mine, if you didn’t know. Do you know how expensive it is to go to the pacific islands if you live in the States? Try around $1300, at the least, for plane tickets. Renting a boat, to sail on, to the south Pacific–lots of money. Hardly anybody has this kind of money. It’s certainly not a normal occurrence for children. Children’s books should aim to parallel a child’s life to some degree. Imagination is nice, but a child needs to be able to relate to that character, in that book, in order to take any lessons to heart.
Sure, everyone can just get on a boat and go to the South Pacific.
Would you drop everything and go to the South Pacific?
Would you live on a small island?