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Stone Fox

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There's just no stopping little Willy. Determined to keep their farm going -- and to give his ailing grandfather a reason to live -- the ten-year-old boy hitches his dog, Searchlight, to the plow and harvests the whole potato crop.
Now little Willy needs five hundred dollars to pay off ten years' back taxes, or the farm will be taken away from them. Dauntless as ever, he st
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published April 23rd 1980 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1980)
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Seahee Park
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My nine-year-old "assigned" this book to me. We are getting more of that of late...she is unimpressed by my reading piles and I love that she wants to share the books she enjoys with me. This was a book her third-grade teacher read aloud to the class this year. It's based on a legend that may be true (but may not be), and I think reading it aloud is just the way to read it. It's almost too short for me to count here (I would have read it in one sitting if not for the fact that it was late at nig ...more
Emily Beeson
Book Review: Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

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
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Amber Kennedy
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Feb 18, 2011 Lauriona is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
well I have not read all of it but its real good I think you would like it.
It is sad at the end but it is a really good book.
Several years ago a substitute teacher came into the library and asked me for “Stone Fox”. She said it was her favorite book to read aloud to 3rd and 4th grade classes. She could finish it in a day, and she had yet to have a class that didn’t just love this touching story.

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
Stone Fox, written by John Reynolds Gardiner with illustrations by Marcia Sewall is good chapter book. This is a story about a boy whose Grandfather becomes very sick and may lose his farm if he doesn’t pay the taxes he owes. His Grandson, Willie displays an unconditional love for his Grandfather, and because of this Willie will do anything to see his Grandfather become healthy again. Against all odds and despite what all the locals say, Willie and his best friend (dog) Searchlight decide they w ...more
Kristin Campbell
Transitional Book
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
Jessica Vanhemel
The illustrations in this book were very simply pencil sketches, they did add a lot to the story though. The focus of the story was on the relationship of the boy and his dog, which was well represented by the illustrations. Although they were simple they added a lot to the story. The focus was more on the text than the illustrations as it should be with a book for older children.

This is the story of a ten year old boy little Willie, his dog Searchlight and their adventure to save the grandfath
Erin Prosser
When you first glance at the cover of this short novel, the style of the illustrations are very realistic and serious with icy blue colors.

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
Kathryn Oyler
Billy, a ten-year old boy who lives with his grandfather, owns a dog named Stella. Everything in Billy’s life seemed to be going right up until his grandfather became drastically sick. Later on, a man shows up at Billy’s grandfathers house stating that he hasn’t been paying his taxes so he’s going to take the farm away. Billy decides to enter himself into a dog race that’s being held in town in order to keep his grandfather’s farm and avoid having to live in an orphanage. Billy is determined to ...more
First of all, until I got to the end of this book, I didn't realize that I had, in fact, had this story read to me in the first grade, and it still makes me just as sad now as it did then. Dog lovers will have a hate-love relationship with this story, as it describes a sweet, but all-the-while depressing theme that many books of this type will address: the undying loyalty of a dog, which ultimately leads to the dog's death. Although this can be a bit of a downer for kids, it allows them to conne ...more
Little Willy lives with his grandfather and dog Searchlight on a potato farm. One day Willy finds his grandfather lying in bed when normally he is up before the sun. At first Willy thinks it is a joke but after a few minutes of no responses, Willy goes to get the town doctor. The doctor reports that he is a perfectly healthy man but has given up, he has no will to live and will soon die. Willy refuses to accept this and tries to do everything he can to keep the farm running and tend to the crops ...more
The transitional book, Stone Fox, by Gardiner, is about a young boy named, Willie, who lives on a potato farm with his grandfather. They live in a small town, barely making it by each year on money from the farm. One day, Willie's grandfather becomes sick. Willie has to start taking care of his grandfather. He soon realizes that his grandfather owes five hundred dollars in taxes for the farm. Willie is determined to save his grandfather's farm and help him start feeling better. Thus, Willie deci ...more
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Never too old to read excellent children's books. This book is more than 60 years old and, while there is a word or two that wouldn't be considered "politically correct" in today's society, it tells the timeless story of love, sacrifice, heartache and human compassion. Little Willy is the most amazing 10 year old. He is bound and determined to do whatever it takes to help his grandfather, the man who raised him, get well. I don't want to spoil it, but make sure you have a box of tissue ready for ...more
Jen Ferguson
I read this book after a recommendation from a student (Deja), and I loved 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
Kathryn Reeder
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Meghan Klyczek
This book centers on a little boy named Little Willy who enters a dog sled race in order to win $500 to pay back the taxes on his Grandfathers farm. He enters the race only to see a man named Stone Fox, who is a Native American man, who never talks to white people and has never lost a race. Willy has a one man dog sled so he is sure that he is going to lose. His dog, Searchlight, shows great strength and advantages because it is only the two of them. However, his dog becomes so tired that her he ...more
Katelyn Spyhalski
This book is about a little boy named Little Willy who enters a dog sled race in order to win $500 to pay back the taxes on his grandfathers farm. He enters the race only to see a man named Stone Fox, who is a native american man who doesn't talk to white people and has never lost a dog sled race. Willy only has a one man dog sled so he is sure that he is going to lose. His dog "searchlight" shows great strength and advantages because it is only the two of them. However, his dog becomes so tired ...more
Emily Scott
This book is about a young boy named Little Willy who lives with his Grandfather on a potato farm near Jackson, Wyoming. Little Willy's grandfather falls into a deep depression because he can no longer pay land taxes. Willy decides that he wants to help so he enters his dog (Searchlight) in the National Dogsled Race. The first place winner of the race wins $500. Willy's major opponent is a Native American named Stone Fox who races his team of Malamutes each year and always wins the competition. ...more
Gianna Parisi
I absolutely love this book. Little Willy lives in a small town with his grandfather and dog searchlight on a potato farm. One day his grandfather gets very sick. Little Willy doesn't know what to do so he calls the doctor. She tells him that grandfather has lost the will to live. Little Willy later finds out that grandfather owes $500 in taxes to the government. And if they do not pay they are going to have to sell the farm. Everyone in town tells Little Willy the smart thing to do is to sell t ...more
Stone Fox is a book about a boy and his grandfather and about an adventure. You will have to read it to know more.

To me Stone Fox is a really cool book and I recommend 4th grader or middle school to read this book and if you like to predict about how it will happen when reading then I challenge you to predict when reading Stone Fox and see if you are right or not.

How I read this book is I see it in the libary and I didn't pick it. Then at reading Ms.Hannah our teacher read it to us. Every one lo
Yuen Chung
Read this with Josie for her class assignment. A beautiful story. Don't read any spoilers.
Overall I thought that this was a powerful story that teaches children the importance of sacrifice. I really enjoyed the story and I think that it is a simple story that is short enough that children could easily follow and enjoy what they are reading. As I was reading the book this time around, it clicked that I had read this book back in Elementary school and loved it. I liked the character of Willie and at such a young age he was knowledgeable and capable enough to do the things that he did i ...more
Anne Marie
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Stone fox is an inspiring story of a little boy named Willie. He lives with his grandfather and their dog, Searchlight on a farm in Wyoming. HIs grandfather gets sick, and so Little Willie and searchlight must help to keep their crops growing. However, little Willie's grandfather is behind on paying taxes, and so taxpayers want to take away their farm. In order to save the farm and his grandfather, little Willie enters himself and searchlight into a sled dog race. They race against the infamous ...more
Mary Ellen
This was the first chapter book I ever read. It was assigned to my older brother for a reading competition, and I was so proud of myself for reading one of his books! I remember giving my mom a blow-by-blow of how many pages I had read and what was happening as I sat reading on the couch and she was in the kitchen. When I finished, I started from the beginning and read the whole thing again.

I loved the book, despite that it made me cry. It is a well-told story for kids, and seemed more like rea
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John Reynolds Gardiner was an American author and engineer. Born in Los Angeles, California, he earned his master's degree from UCLA. He was a successful engineer before working on his first children's book. Always creative, in his younger years he ran Num Num Novelties, home to such originals as the aquarium tie. He lived in West Germany and Central America, and taught writing workshops around th ...more
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