Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, John Reynolds Gardiner's story --like it's hero, Little Willy -- has all the ingredients of a winner, right down to the unforeseen drama at the finish line. Willy has a big job to do. When his grandfather falls ill, it is up to Willy alone to save their farm from the tax collector. Willy enters the National Dogsled Race, where he must beat...more
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I read this book aloud to my kids today, and let me tell you. I was a blubbering fool. I used to roll my eyes and laugh when my mom cried at emotional stories. Now I'm her.
Except this time, Bubs (nearly 7) wasn't rolling his eyes. He was crying, too.
Are you familiar with this very short chapter book? Here's a brief overview:
Little Willy may only be ten, but that doesn't mean he can't run a potato farm. His grandfather has become very ill. Willy is ...more
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The idea for this story came from a Rocky Mountain legend that was told to me in 1974 by Bob Hudson over a cup of coffee at Hudson's CafÃ‰ in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Gardiner's note is not part of the story, but it does reflect the down-to-earth tone and atmosphere t ...more
It is an excellent book, and I agree it’s easily read in a short amount of time, perhaps over a few nights as a family read-aloud; or as a class read-aloud for 2nd-4th graders. It is a simple plot that introduces some interest ...more
The book begins with Little Willy and his dog, Searchlight, finding Willy's grandfather lying in bed. Doc Smith, the only doctor in town, tells Willy that his grandfather no longer wants to live. Clifford Snider, a tax collector, sneaks into Willy's house and demands to know how much his grandfather owes the state. Willy finds out that his grandfather did owe some money and decides to enter a dog sled race that has a reward of 500 dollars. Willy sees a man that looks professiona ...more
This is the story of a ten year old boy little Willie, his dog Searchlight and their adventure to save the grandfath ...more
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner is a transitional novel about a little boy named Little Willy who lives with his grandfather on a potato farm with his faithful dog, Searchlight. When his father becomes ill, Little Willy must take over his grandfathers farm, becoming a very responsible young man. One night he comes home to a horse and a unfamiliar old man ...more
We all burst into tears on the second to last page.
We had a great conversation about the man, Stone Fox.
Well we listened to the audio on our road trip from Washington to home bringing Grandma Bev to live with us. Jacob rated this 4 stars, Ellie 3 stars, Mom 4 stars. I preferred reading this book rather than listening to it.
This is a heartwarming novel about a boy, Willy, who is trying to help his sick grandfather. After his grandpa becomes sick, the boy and his dog, Searchlight, are on a mission to try to save their family farm and do whatever it takes to bring the grandpa back to health.
This leads them to compete in a dogsled race against, Stone Fox, a Native American that has never lost a race before.
You have to read to find out if ...more
The ending was so shocking to me. I bolted up off the floor to replay it to make sure I heard it right.
I didn't see it coming.
Anyone who doesn't cry at the end of this one has a questionable soul.
This will be one I will love and reread for years to come, and most likely cry every time because I'm a ...more