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White Bird (Stepping Stone, paper)

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Set in 19th-century rural Virginia, this moving novel follows a backwoods
boy as he runs away from home and his harsh guardian in search of a precious
pet: a white crow. After many adventures, he returns home to take his first
steps into adulthood. Originally published in 1967, this story has been newly
revised by the author.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 5th 1990 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1966)
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Laura Verret
No one knows who John Thomas’s parents are. They don’t even know if John Thomas is his real name. It’s the name that Luke Vail gave the boy when he found him floating on the river in a cradle – a cradle marked with the initials JT.

John lives on a farm with Luke. As he grows older he never sees people – Luke is convinced that most people are evil and that their only interest is to get what they can out of live, never to give.

Then one day, John finds a pure white crow. Because he is so lonely for
Julia Brumfield
Nov 08, 2014 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it
Shelves: book, ya-juvenile
This was an interesting concept for a book about a grumpy young man who is involved in the work of his farm but takes the time to save a child who is swept down the river in a cradle. Every step of the way he tries to stop and block the boy-child from doing anything whether moving, going to town or getting a dog that would hurt him.

Eventually John Thomas finds an injured albino crow and takes it home to nurture it. Again the older man tries to get the boy to release the bird back into the wood
Jun 01, 2008 Mr added it
Recommends it for: Bird lovers
Roger Pope:White Bird-64: A man named Luke found a baby in the river named John Thomas who lived to be curious. One day, when John Thomas was little, he found a white crow with red eyes. Luke didn't approve of keeping it so he told J.T. to let it go. But J.T. didn't let it go, he took care of it and loved it. One day, these guys came along and one of them wanted to have it. So Luke let him have it. J.T. was disapointed when he found out and so he ran away to get it back.When J.T. found them, he ...more
Jocelyn Montalvo Cullum
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This is a great book for what it is -- a book for young children. It's very simple, very sparse, yet complicated and moving. I'm very impressed by how smooth and full it is for how short and easy it is.
Diana Pettis
Jul 06, 2014 Diana Pettis rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Clyde Robert Bulla. This story is very good for beginning readers. John Thomas lives with Luke and then decides to go and find his bird. You will be surprised at what John Thomas discovers along the way.
Kristi Knox-miller
Oct 02, 2015 Kristi Knox-miller rated it did not like it
This is seriously the worst children's book ever! It goes from sad to sadder. I would never recommend this as a good book for a child. Whatever message the author was trying to get across was definitely lost!
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Almost as far back as he can remember, Clyde Robert Bulla wanted to write. Born on a farm in a small town in Missouri, Mr. Bulla's first school was a one-room country schoolhouse. One day his teacher asked each first grade student what he or she would do with a thousand dollars. Young Clyde answered that he would buy a table. His classmates laughed heartily, and his teacher was
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