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All Alone

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  85 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
After climbing the high slopes of the French Alps to tend his family's cows, ten-year-old Marcel is faced with a difficult dilemma--obey his father or help a friend.
Paperback, 90 pages
Published 1953 by Scholastic
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Best Children's Books of the 1950s
74th out of 147 books — 22 voters
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Jun 26, 2012 K. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: JoAnne B.
Recommended to K. by: JoDean
Contender for read aloud, school year 12/13. JoAnne, I think this one makes the cut! This could be our "French Alps" bit of culture! What if we have a map and place all our books on it in their locations?

What a little treasure!! This is a really simple, small book (under 100 pages) that holds a lot of heart and a great message. Doing what's right and helping another human in need will always bring you blessings in the long run.

Newberry Honor book, 1948.
Thomas Bell
Mar 19, 2015 Thomas Bell rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
I agree that the ending was a little too much. Could have started the town in the right direction, letting it heal over many years future to the book being written. Either way, it was a fun read with some good morals.
Apr 18, 2009 Josiah rated it liked it
This story that takes place in the mountains won a Newbery Honor citation in 1954, the same year that the Newbery winner (Joseph Krumgold's "...And Now Miguel") was also a book about the mountains.
I was pleasantly surprised by the story that unfolds in this book. It is very much about the irreplaceable nature of true friendship, and how when one makes such a felicitous bond, it should not be taken lightly, but fought for to the end.
Marcel, unlike his father, knew this, and despite the fact th
Laura Verret
Dec 19, 2012 Laura Verret rated it it was ok
Marcel has been entrusted with a very important job – he is to bring his family’s three heifers up to their pastures on the Little Giant where he will stay for the entire summer watching them. There is only one thing that makes him sad. And this is that his father has forbidden him to speak or interact with the other shepherd boys who will be up in the mountains.

One day, three strange heifers wander into Marcel’s camp. Marcel knows what his father would do – turn the heifers out and not be conce
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Ten year-old Marcel Mabout is sent to pasture the family's three heifers on the Little Giant with a strict admonition. "Don't visit, keep to yourself, mind you own business, attend to your own cows and nothing else." Marcel doesn't understand but knows he cannot question his elders. The first night on the mountain, the silence is broken by the yodeling of Pierre Pascal who is spending the summer on the Big Giant with his four heifers. Marcel decides to yodel back. Each night, the boys talk to ea ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Mona rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, newberry-2016
Newberry Award Honor Book, All Alone by Claire Hutchet Bishop. A sweet tale of two 9 year old boys whose fathers send them to the mountains to watch the cows. They are on separate parts of the mountain and are told not to involve themselves with the other. Their village is full of suspicious and everyone for themselves folks. But the boys are young and lonely. They start by yodeling to each other, then circumstances happen when their herds get comingled and an act of nature has them toughing it ...more
Feb 03, 2016 RileyV rated it liked it
"Another day is over. I am here. Good Night". pg 31. An old read from decades ago-- A keeper.
Mar 10, 2015 Mckinley rated it liked it
Shelves: newbery, ya, adventure
Not sure how many 10 year olds would have to face anything like this today.
Scott Williams
Dec 19, 2011 Vonnie rated it liked it
This was a sweet book about a boy that lived the golden rule against the wishes of his father. It always feels good to read a book with a moral to the story.
I enjoyed the majority of the story, but the ending spoiled it a little for me.
Sep 26, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Braden really liked this story, 5th grade.
Angie Bates
Dec 23, 2011 Angie Bates rated it it was ok
Shelves: newbery
It started out as a nice story........
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i loved it
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Claire Huchet Bishop (1899 – 13 March 1993) was a children's novelist and librarian, winner of the Newbery Honor for Pancakes-Paris and All Alone, and the Josette Frank Award for Twenty and Ten. The Five Chinese Brothers won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.

An American born in France or Geneva, Switzerland, Bishop attended the Sorbonne and started the first children's library in France. After
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