Nim's Island

A site for readers of the book Nim's Island, by Wendy Orr

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Jodie Foster "l'ile de Nim" [promo] Cauet 10 04 08 - AOL Video

Jodie Foster "l'ile de Nim" [promo] Cauet 10 04 08 - AOL Video

ne entrevue francaise avec Jodie Foster - tres drole...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

coconut pearls

People often ask me if coconut pearls are real. I first heard of them on this site:, which I believe is associated with the botany department of Palomar College. When I was writing the book, in 1997, the article's author believed they were real; however, he now appears to have doubts.

However, Nim's Japanese translator kindly sent me this link this morning - it looks as if they are real after all! So you might want to start opening coconuts...


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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

MS Readathon 2008 - Media - Advertisements

Here's a link to the ad for the MS Readathon that Jodie Foster and I recorded the day of the world premiere at Sea World. You've still got time to get reading!
MS Readathon 2008 - Media - Advertisements

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Kerry's cameo

Here's a nice, mostly accurate story about Kerry Millard, the illustrator of Nim's Island, and our trip up to the Gold Coast to be extras on Nim's Island.

I'd like to correct the statement that Nim's is the first Australian children's book to be turned into a feature film. There have been many good Australian feature films based on Australian children's books. Nim's Island is simply the first Hollywood feature film to be based on an Australian children's book.

The North Shore Times | North Shore Local News

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Patrick Doyle records his score to Nim's Island in Los Angeles -

Patrick Doyle records his score to Nim's Island in Los Angeles -

I'm very late linking this post, but I wanted it to be here. Anyway, it's great to look at the photos of the score being done now that I've heard the lovely music they were creating!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

nim's island premier - Google Video

nim's island premier - Google Video

This was fun to watch - I've been spotting my family as well as the stars.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Walden Media's Educational Guides

Nim's Island Educator Guide Now Online!
Nim's Island Educator Guide is available for download at
Created in partnership with NOAA's National Marine Sanctury Program and the National Wildlife Federation and adhering to National Standards in Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts and Character Education, this guide and poster contain lessons to introduce students to the idea of protecting the ocean the way Nim and her father do, and to understanding the idea of creatures' dependence on their habitat for survival.

Please also check out for information on our upcoming Animal Planet special hosted by Jeff Corwin and the Nim's Island: Our World Reel Thinking™ Environmental Challenge, through which your class could win a cash prize to implement an environmental project.

About the Book, the Movie and the Educator Guide

Walden Media has partnered with 20th Century Fox to bring Nim's Island to the big screen. The movie, starring Jodie Foster, Abigail Breslin and Gerard Butler, is directed by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, who also wrote the screenplay based on Wendy Orr's book.

Nim's Island tells the fictional story of an adventurous girl named Nim who lives on a remote island in the South Pacific Ocean. You might think that because Nim lives far from "civilization" she would be very lonely. But Nim is blessed with many good friends, including a bird named Galileo, a lizard named Fred, a green sea turtle named Chica and a sea lion named Selkie who looks after Nim as though Nim were one of her own pups.

As a book, Nim's Island is a fun, engaging read. As a movie, the story expands beautifully to fit the big screen, becoming as informative a look at marine life in the South Pacific as it is a story packed with intrigue and adventure. To further expand Nim's Island as a teaching resource, we have partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Program, tapping their educational expertise and their strong belief in stewardship of the ocean. With NOAA we have created lessons that will enhance your students' experience of the film and deepen their appreciation for the riches to be found in the ocean. Along the same lines, we have also partnered with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for their valuable insight and knowledge of animals and the many different habitats in which they can be found. Building on our past work with NWF, we feel privileged to be working once again with an organization whose influence on children ? and the world they will one day inherit ? is profound.

Though Nim's Island is an imaginary story, its depiction of the bio-diversity and richness of marine life is very real. So is its message of protecting for future generations all of the treasures to be found on and around Nim's Island. We hope that like Nim, our film encourages students to explore, respect and appreciate our oceans and coasts.

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Sunshine Fairy Readers

Kay Byrnes sent me this report from the Lancaster Journal, (Pennsylvania)about her daughter's book club. Congratulations to all the girls!

Book group, junior-grade
Sunday News
Published: Feb 23, 2008
23:50 EST

By JO-ANN GREENE, Books Editor

Sunshine Fairy Readers Miranda Stoltzfus, Anna Byrnes, Hope Abrom, Emma Metzger, Quinn Evans, Gabriell...(more)
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Reports of the demise of reading among the younger generation appear to be greatly exaggerated. Just ask the dozen girls, ages 8-12, who make up Sunshine Fairy Readers.

The book group has been meeting monthly since July to share favorite titles as well as sip tea, craft items such as bookmarks, and lavish affection on the hostess' pet rabbit, Copper.

Anna Byrnes, a 9-year-old who learned to read at age 41-w, said she started the book group at her East Hempfield Township home as a way to see more of her friends over the summer and to share with them a book she was writing, "Rose and Her Wild Adventures."

Soon she and her friends were talking about other books, too.

As Anna's mother, Kay Byrnes, reported, "They enjoy talking about their choices of books and, as a result, get each other 'hooked' to read the book too. No spoilers here. They are adamant about not telling the endings or too many details."

One month, all were asked to read "Nim's Island" by Wendy Orr or "Gooseberry Park" by Cynthia Rylant so they could discuss them, added Mrs. Byrnes, who has never been a member of a book group herself.

The meetings always feature a new jelly bean flavor of the month and finger sandwiches, spread with marshmallow and chocolate and cut in the shape of hearts and flowers. When Anna read about foods that "perfumed your mouth" in "Mara, Daughter of the Nile," by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, her mother prepared Egyptian rice balls for the group.

One meeting was held at The Pottery Works, where the girls made their own tea cups and saucers. April will probably find them at the movie theater, since "Nim's Island" hits the big screen then, the Byrneses noted.

Some books the girls recommend include: "Poppy," by Avi; "Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist," by Liz Kessler; "Sign of the Beaver," by Elizabeth George Speare; and "The Penderwicks," by Jeanne Birdswell.
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