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Stone fox by john reynolds gardiner book report

Stone Fox Summary & Study Guide

As you read you know how you want it to end, and then you think you know how it will end, and the moment arrives and your heart just stops! A story of love, courage, community, and determination building in gradual suspense towards its emotional end.

  • But it might also be said that constantly shielding children from the reality of tragedy in the world may produce children and later, adults who don't handle the reality of a tragic world very well;
  • Doc Smith returns to the farm to check on his grandfather.

Mar 09, 2016 Werner rated it liked it Recommends it for: Kids who can handle tragic reads Recommended to Werner by: My oldest grandson Shelves: He recently read this book himself, and was excited about it enough to want to share his copy so I could read it too.

Being about to be between books anyway, and being interested in connecting with him in a shared reading experience, I agreed.

  1. Mar 09, 2016 Werner rated it liked it Recommends it for. It has 81 pages, but they're small pages with relatively large text and wide margins, and lots of black-and-white illustrations, this 30th anniversary edition reproducing the original ones by Marcia Sewall.
  2. He recently read this book himself, and was excited about it enough to want to share his copy so I could read it too.
  3. It proved to be a very quick read --an adult could read it inside of a half hour.

It proved to be a very quick read --an adult could read it in My oldest grandson Philip age 10, the same age as Willy, the protagonist of this very short kid's chapter book is an avid reader who reads above grade level, an interest I obviously encourage. It proved to be a very quick read --an adult could read it inside of a half hour. It has 81 pages, but they're small pages with relatively large text and wide margins, and lots of black-and-white illustrations, this 30th anniversary edition reproducing the original ones by Marcia Sewall.

  1. Willy lives with his grandfather. It has 81 pages, but they're small pages with relatively large text and wide margins, and lots of black-and-white illustrations, this 30th anniversary edition reproducing the original ones by Marcia Sewall.
  2. After returning home one day, Willy finds a tax collector named Clifford Snyder waiting for him. Willy carries Searchlight across the finish line, mournfully winning the race.
  3. This section contains 505 words approx. After returning home one day, Willy finds a tax collector named Clifford Snyder waiting for him.

The deceptively simple but extremely emotionally evocative story was suggested to Gardiner by an actual legend handed down in the area, though vague on names and dates no date is given in the book, though the details suggest the late 19th century. Jackson, Wyoming is a real town and the annual sled dog race depicted here is also a real event it was apparently the precursor of today's International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, though the modern race covers a much wider area in two states.

Gardiner tells his story with skill, and with an economy of words. His vocabulary and diction should be well within the command of intelligent middle school kids, but the style doesn't have a feeling of being condescending.

  • It has 81 pages, but they're small pages with relatively large text and wide margins, and lots of black-and-white illustrations, this 30th anniversary edition reproducing the original ones by Marcia Sewall;
  • In some ways, the premise here is similar to that of the later Disney movie for adults, Iron Will, though the two story-lines and the settings and exact circumstances are different;
  • The characters are easy to like and care about, the stakes in the conflict are high, and the narrative pace perfect for sustaining tension;
  • The two race neck and neck.

The characters are easy to like and care about, the stakes in the conflict are high, and the narrative pace perfect for sustaining tension. As short as the book is, it won't bore adult readers; I responded to the story-line basically the same way any reader, young or old, would. In some ways, the premise here is similar to that of the later Disney movie for adults, Iron Will, though the two story-lines and the settings and exact circumstances are different.

  • The idea that Willy's beloved 10-year-old sled dog Searchlight could be a serious contender in a race like this isn't implausible; Gardiner ably brings out the facts that she was extremely fast and that both dog and boy knew the course well and ran it frequently, while he also makes the points that a one dog sled is lighter and less awkward to handle than the more cumbersome outfits of the adult mushers and their teams;
  • Jackson, Wyoming is a real town and the annual sled dog race depicted here is also a real event it was apparently the precursor of today's International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, though the modern race covers a much wider area in two states.

The idea that Willy's beloved 10-year-old sled dog Searchlight could be a serious contender in a race like this isn't implausible; Gardiner ably brings out the facts that she was extremely fast and that both dog and boy knew the course well and ran it frequently, while he also makes the points that a one dog sled is lighter and less awkward to handle than the more cumbersome outfits of the adult mushers and their teams.

It's impossible to fully understand the emotional impact of the book without a spoiler. But it might also be said that constantly shielding children from the reality of tragedy in the world may produce children and later, adults who don't handle the reality of a tragic world very well.

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