Thursday, January 29, 2009

Winter Danger

Winter Danger

William O. Steele (1954)

A boy and his father live the "woodsy" life, sleeping in hollow trees and hunting for food, until a extremely hard winter forces the father to leave the boy with relatives; the solitary, independent boy learns about family, community, depending on and helping others. Plus he has a cool battle with wolves.

connections: LHontheP, Hatchet

Thursday, January 8, 2009


Guts: The True Stories Behind "Hatchet" and the Brian Books

by Gary Paulsen (2002)

Paulsen's childhood and adult adventures in the wilderness, focused mainly on hunting and flying; interesting, and good for students to see how real (and dangerous) some seemingly fun "adventures" can be, and also to point how important it can be to "write what you know" -- inspiration for those that can't think of anything to write...

Possible compare/contrast the true accounts and the fictionalized versions from his books.

While reading it, I did feel a little guilty whining when our temps here dropped below 60... brrrrr!

Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

by J.K. Rowling (2008)

A nice little addition to the Harry Potter shelf, fairy tales of magic with commentary from the great Dumbledore himself...