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The Boy Who Ran to the Woods Hardcover – October 30, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871138220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871138224
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of novellas for adults, Harrison (Legends of the Fall) makes his children's book debut with a rambling, ponderous tale centering on seven-year-old Jimmy, a boy living in northern Michigan during WWII. Distressed because he can't find the marbles he buried under the porch, Jimmy runs through town yelling in anger, until he encounters Mary Jo, "an unhappy girl for reasons no one could figure out." The two quarrel and she hits him with a glass bottle, leaving him blind in one eye. He becomes "a wild and unruly boy" and finds trouble in and out of school. The strongest and most closely observed scenes in the book describe Jimmy's summer in a log cabin in the woods and his awakening appreciation of nature. In other situations, Harrison skims the surface of even the most dramatic proceedings (such as the blinding of Jimmy's eye, hopping a freight train and exploring a haunted house), and Pohrt (Crow and Weasel), too, takes the most staid route, portraying mainly buildings or clusters of trees rather than the events described (there are only three drawings of Jimmy, and one is from the back). By summer's end, Jimmy seems anxious to learn from books about the natural world he has just discovered and apparently learns to live according to the rules. Falling flat as either a cautionary tale or a celebration of nature, the story ends with Jimmy, as an old man, reflecting on his "difficult childhood." Ages 9-12. (Oct.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a well crafted book. In story and illustration, it reminds me of children's books of 30 years ago; the tone is soft tone and colors subdued. Harrison, a wild man of a novelist and poet, tells the story of his youth in northern Michigan and how he came to find peace in the natural world. Pohrt's illustrations are evocative of small town life and the plants and animals in the woods beyond. The book sneaks up on you--the tale is simple, understated, but also strangely comforting and, ultimately, unforgettable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading Teacher on March 2, 2011
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This is a delightful book. It was recommended by a fellow teacher who knows the author. Because of that connection, the events in the book were even more alive and interesting. It is a story about experiences of the author. I completely enjoyed this book and it is a good read aloud book for second grade on up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. on February 26, 2013
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Really enjoyed this book. It has great illustrations. Very autobiographical for Jim Harrison fans. Wouldn't necessarily recommend it for younger children.
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A little "rough" for a children's story but typical of Harrison's style. I enjoyed reading it and will share it with my grandchildren.
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