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Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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My favorite part of reading this was when the author described how the boy was treated. It reminded me that we tend to destroy a lot of things in the name of science. I like it when a book can make you stop and consider life. Through the telling of her story, the author made me feel compassion for the wild boy she spoke of.
At times, I thought this book was sad, but it was also a story of adventure,perseverance and the unlimited power of the human spirit. I was lost in this book as the boy grew and changed before my eyes into a man and still faced the persecution of others.
This book made me question how civilized our world really is and if all that much has really changed since the historical period of the wild boy's world.
It has been suggested that the actions of this boy may have been partly attributed to abuse, also possibly autism. Either way, he had a spirit that could not be crushed by his circumstance nor human desire to treat anyone different like a test subject. I found the author really did a wonderful job highlighting this.
If you have an interest in early scientific observation, history in general or are simply looking for a compelling read that might teach you something you didn't know, this is a perfect choice.
This review is based on a digital arc from the publisher.
The Wild Boy couldn't talk, he was naked and had a long scar across his neck as if someone had tried to kill him and did not succeed. He was around ten when was taken away from the woods and the nature he loved and put in a home where he could be studied by scientists. Eventually he was sent to Paris where scientists would try to civilize him with an education and teach him to speak.
The story of Wild Boy is fascinating. I've never heard of children surviving in the wild like this before. Losure is a great researcher and she does a great job explaining the journey of this boy who is later called Victor. This is Losure second book of narrative non-fiction and it reads much like a novel. It is a fast read packed full of historical information.
Wild Boy is a beautifully crafted book. The end pages are maps of France that outline the journey of the Wild Boy. Each chapter begins with a quote from various sources that published information about the boy who was called the Savage of Aveyron. Illustrator, Ering has created beautiful illustrations in black and white charcoal to enhance the story.
"To speak of the Wild Boy of Aveyon is to revive a name which no longer arouses any kind of interest; it is to recall a creature forgotten by those who merely saw him and disdained by those who have thought to pass judgement on him." Pg. 126 Quote by Dr. Itard. Dr. Itard is the man who thought he could teach the Wild Boy to speak and who later wrote a book about him.
Losure has crafted a version of the story that will pull at your emotions as you begin to fall in love with the Wild Boy of Aveyron.
From a slightly more objective point of view, the author does a great job of telling Victor's story. She makes it clear where there are holes and so much that we simply can't know because nobody bothered to record anything. She quotes from those who did record their experiences and impressions of the boy which helps bring the story to life. The writing is simple and straight-forward, which makes the story flow nicely. A beautifully told story about a young man who lived a life so very different than most of us can even imagine. Highly recommended.
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For whatever reason I was drawn to this book when I saw it on the new release shelf at the public library; possibly because I enjoy the talented Timothy Basil Ering’s illustrations... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shelli
It was not for me but for my son's 6th grade homework. He said he really enjoyed the book. It had a great story and was good read. Easy to understand.Published 24 months ago by stef
Very interesting book of an interesting boy and the people who befriended him. It does not take long to read this book. It is well-worth reading.Published on July 9, 2014 by Nancy Black
I enjoyed this book...had no idea this situation influenced the Montessori teaching method...lots of information..I wish there were more books on this man and his life..Published on April 20, 2014 by nancy oden
This was a different type of book. It is filled with history and dates and yet it reads like a book of fiction, well crafted. Youth and adults alike will enjoy the story told her. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by DeNisa Howe
Wild Boy tells "the real life of the savage of Aveyron," a feral child found living in the woods in France around 1800. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Monika
My husband & I read the book before we gave it as a gift. We're so glad we got it! The story grabs you immediately. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by swamp1
I was so excited when I got this book in the mail. This is a work of non-fiction intended for children. It is the story of a real life wild boy. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Dena