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The Stranger

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  2,295 Ratings  ·  327 Reviews
The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 28th 1986 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Feb 15, 2016 Elyse rated it it was amazing
This was a favorite book in my house -with 'both' of my kids. They loved to discuss it.

I was telling a Goodreads friend --that this book has many great memories to me--
Having just read the book called "Lions" by Bonnie Nadzam -- I remembered this book children's book (which is actually very mature).

"Lions" reminded me of this book....(similar feelings)

Wonderful nostalgia!
Feb 29, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
Great book to use in the classroom to teach inference. Teachers can have students guess the stranger's identity then go back through the book looking for supporting evidence. At first reading, they may think they have no idea who he is, but as they go back through they will spot the clues. This is the kind of book that I like to use in discussions because I like to see kids' faces change as the light bulbs go on in their heads.
Tori Rhodes
Apr 18, 2016 Tori Rhodes rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg is a suspenseful and mysterious fantasy picture book that quickly captured my attention. In the story, Farmer Bailey accidentally hits a man with his truck. The stranger comes home with Farmer Bailey and is treated like part of the family. Chris Van Allsburg does a wonderful job of demonstrating true hospitality. Farmer Bailey notices the peculiar weather and the strange behavior of the stranger. When the stranger leaves, something interesting happens: the seas ...more
Brittany Young
Sep 18, 2011 Brittany Young rated it liked it
The stranger was a very interesting book to me. It had a nice air of mystery to it. The cover seemed so interesting, but also so simple. There was nothing on the darkly colored back cover, and a thick boarder the same color as the back cover around the image on the front cover. The illustration on the cover was interesting, it looks almost clay like, and the man on the front looks clearly surprised or confused. The illustrations inside the book are very picturesque. It is as if each picture coul ...more
Shannon Alexander
Feb 18, 2014 Shannon Alexander rated it it was ok
In "The Stranger," a farmer is driving when he hits something. He first thinks he's hit a deer, but he soon realizes that he's hit a man. He quickly gets out to help the man. The man is too hurt to leave, so the farmer takes him back to his house. Peculiar things start happening when the stranger arrives at the farmer's house. It is discovered that the man can't talk. The farmer and his wife have him examined by a doctor. The doctor's thermometer freezes when the stranger blows on it. The doctor ...more
Megan Jones
Sep 20, 2012 Megan Jones rated it really liked it
Chris Van Allsburg's The Stranger is a peculiar one. At first glance, it can be misconstrued into a confusing, purposeless children's book. Yet, when dug deeper into the underlying meaning emerges and the coincident illustrations emerge from the pages. The Stranger is about a man who was hit by a car who cannot speak nor has any memory of who he is. A farmer and his family take him in and grow fond of him. However, when he notices the trees surrounding the farm are still green, yet all the other ...more
Xiaoxiao Zhu
Sep 14, 2012 Xiaoxiao Zhu rated it liked it
Have you ever encounter such stranger? No, I have never come across such stranger, it's amazing and almost impossible.

After reading it, I have to say Chris really is a creative author for children's book. To be honest, I'm moved by the final words --- "See you next fall." It's friendship, forever friendship.

As far as I'm concerned, this experience is really cool if I encounter a stranger in my favorite season. I will provide the stranger all my favorite food and he can provide me some of my want
Jul 06, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
When a mysterious stranger is accidentally hit by a truck, a farmer brings him home and takes care of the man. But who is he? Why is cold weather not coming to the farm? I love to use this picture book when teaching students about inferences. There are plenty of clues about who the mysterious stranger may be, but many readers don't recognize those clues until the story has been finished. Readers need to have some experience with seasonal change and cold weather as I found that many of my student ...more
Jordan Laskoski
Sep 18, 2011 Jordan Laskoski rated it it was ok
This book was kind of weird in a lot of ways. It was definitely a mysterious book to me. I was confused about what was going to happen to the stranger at the end of the book? I think this would be a great book to read to children though because they will be captivated about who the stranger is throughout the whole story. This could also make for an amazing writing activity after reading aloud to the classroom.
Christina Bergstrom
Sep 19, 2011 Christina Bergstrom rated it did not like it
Personally, I found the book confusing. I would think that a child would be confused by it also. It is never clear who/what The Stranger really is. The illustrations are nicely detailed and I like the colors and the depth that are created by the Van Allsburg. The endpages are in a fall color that matches the theme of the book. The illustrations coincide with the story as it is told.
tracy mo
Apr 19, 2007 tracy mo rated it really liked it
I read this book with my 4th graders. It was a pretty fun read!
Sep 25, 2008 Kenley rated it it was amazing
Van Allsburg's books are so awesome; i love them.
Jul 25, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Delightful book to teach about inferencing or questioning.
Nov 23, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
I love the way Chris Van Allsburg takes a large dose of reality, a little dose of supposition, mixes it well with gorgeous outwork, and creates a hauntingly beautiful tale!
Nov 15, 2016 Sharon rated it really liked it
Naomi and I just finished discussion questions about The Stranger. We each read this silently and then aloud. We love the illustrations and the development of The Stranger's mysterious character.
Dec 12, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
Mystery, fantasy, and intrigue. A unique presentation about the unknown and the known of time.
Jessica Breighner
Oct 14, 2009 Jessica Breighner rated it it was amazing
Summary:One fall day, while Farmer Bailey is riding down the road in his truck, he runs over something---or someone. At first, he thinks he hits a deer, but when he gets out to see what he hit, he finds that he has accidentally run over a man. The man tries to flee, but loses his balance and falls down. Farmer Bailey takes him to his house, where he and his wife, Mrs. Bailey, discover the stranger cannot talk.
The Baileys call a doctor to examine him. Although the stranger isn't seriously hurt, h
Philip Carlson
Nov 15, 2014 Philip Carlson rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book is about a Farmer who accidentally hits a man with his truck on his way back to the farm. The farmer, being a kind and gentle soul, loads the man into his truck and takes him home to care for him. The man does not speak and seems to have no memory of who he is. He is a stranger. During his stay at the farmer's house, the stranger becomes accustomed to the farmer and his family and participates in their activities around the farm in preparation for the coming Winter. The stranger shows ...more
Daniel Cortez
Feb 22, 2015 Daniel Cortez rated it it was amazing
“The Stranger” by Chris Van Allsburg is a story that is about both mystery and hospitality. Farmer Bailey is driving on the road when he accidentally hits a man. He helps the stranger back to the farm and, although the stranger does not seem to be seriously hurt, he either cannot or does not talk. The stranger stays with the Baileys for a while. While he is there, he dances to music with them and he brings joy to their household. He helps Mr. Bailey around the farm by doing extra work. One nigh ...more
Sep 13, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it
The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg brings new meaning to how the seasons change. Farmer Bailey hits a strange man on his way home. He brings the man back to his home to heal, and the family and the stranger soon make friends. The stranger never says a word, but only watches and follows the family members around the see what they are doing. One day the stranger realizes the trees of the Bailey farm are green, but the rest of the valleys are orange. How strange is that? The stranger takes a leaf f ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it
The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg is a complex and intriguing picture book. The dust jacket’s front illustration does not reveal anything about the story itself. However, in true Van Allsburg style, the gold leaf foil stamp on the front cover of the book gives a small clue to the essence of this mysterious tale. The end pages, which the reader encounters before any of the text, are also the color of orange autumn leaves. Van Allsburg cleverly inserts these autumn motifs and colors throughout th ...more
Megan Cureton
The Stranger is a book about a Farmer Bailey and how he had an accident hitting a man. Mr. Bailey ended up taking the man back to his house and called the doctor, which stated that the man had lost his memory. Katy, Mr. Bailey's daughter, grew fond of the stranger, and spent a lot of time with him, along with the rest of the family. Two weeks had passed and the stranger still didn't have his memory, but the family didn't seem to mind. The stranger started to notice that the trees north of the Ba ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
One day a farmer named Mr. Bailey is driving down the road when he stops because he thinks he has hit a deer. To his surprise he has actually hit a man which he proceeds to take home. When the doctor comes to check up on him, the man freezes his thermometer and it breaks. The Bailey's discover that the man cannot talk but man stays with the Baileys for some time and they start noticing peculiar things about him, like when he blows on his soup there is a draft in the room, and when he walks in th ...more
Sep 25, 2011 Morgan rated it liked it
This book was pretty good. It correlates a presence of a stranger and a weird happening in weather. The illustrations definitely added to this story. For example, when it showed the Stranger blowing on the green leaf. It didn't mention the leaf turning orange in his hand, but the picture on the page illustrated it.

I also appreciated the use of foreshadowing in this book. For example, when it talks about the stranger in the book blowing on the soup-- the wife gets cold. The strangers affinity to
Christopher Seideman
May 02, 2015 Christopher Seideman rated it really liked it
Similar to how most science fiction/thriller films that take place on a farm begin, Farmer Bailey accidentally hits a strange man while driving home to his family one afternoon. When the man awakes, he’s lost his memory, so he and his wife decide to care for him until he fully recovers. However, he seems to have no social skills whatsoever, and casts an odd chill around him whenever he sits down to eat with the family for dinner. He’s a kind man, but the longer he stays, the stranger things beco ...more
Chelsie Morrison
Sep 17, 2012 Chelsie Morrison rated it really liked it
I had nothing but high expectations for The Stranger and once again Chris Van Allsburg delivers and does not disappoint.

The Stranger proved to be one of the most unique and interesting children's books I have ever read. The story is of a young man, the stranger, who gets ran over by Farmer Bailey in his truck. The stranger has lost his memory in the accident and seems amused by the most common of things. Farmer Bailey brings the stranger home and the story tells of all the unique happenings
Feb 21, 2012 Lexi.vernaglia rated it it was amazing
Once again I must admit Chris Van Allsburg's style of writing is very different and really makes you think about what you have read and what the story really means. I think that this book would be much harder for a child to fully understand and comprehend. I know I kind of struggled with what I thought had happened at the end of the book. However, these books are so interesting and really make you think.
This is a story about a man “the stranger” who gets hit one day by a man on his way home.
Brenda  Roman
Nov 29, 2014 Brenda Roman rated it it was amazing
The stranger by Chris Van Allsburg, is about farmer Bailey having an accident in the late summer. The guy he hits was dressed up all in leather. Farmer Bailey took him to his house because he lost his memory and couldn’t remember his name or where he was from. Weeks passed and the stranger still didn’t know what had happened to him. Farmer Bailey noticed how fall was never going to come. The man stays with them being part of the family.

I love “The Stranger” and all the illustrations in the book
Tiffany Fox
Sep 19, 2015 Tiffany Fox rated it it was amazing
The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?

Farmer Bailey was enjoying his drive when he hears a loud noise and feels a large thump. Thinking he has hit a deer, he gets out of his truck to find a man in the middle of the road. A man that isn't dressed like a normal man and who never speaks. Feeling ashamed for hitting him, Farmer Bailey takes him home where aft
Andrea Ference
Sep 19, 2012 Andrea Ference rated it really liked it
The story, The Stranger, is about Farmer Bailey who has an accident. Driving along in his truck, he hits a man dressed in an unusual suit of leather. The farmer brings the stunned and confused fellow back with him to his home. Farmer Bailey's wife and daughter welcome the stranger. The doctor comes and tells the Baileys that the man has temporarily lost his memory but will probably be fine in a few days. The man stays on and becomes a part of the family in spite of his odd ways: wild animals are ...more
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Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947.

Chris’s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk (and made the ot
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