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Book Title: Stone Fox y la carrera de trineos / Stone Fox|
The author of the book: John Reynolds Gardiner
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 743 KB
Edition: Noguer y Caralt Editores, S.A.
Date of issue: July 30th 2011
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Read full description of the books Stone Fox y la carrera de trineos / Stone Fox:My oldest grandson Philip (age 10, the same age as Willy, the protagonist of this very short kid's chapter book) is an avid reader who reads above grade level, an interest I obviously encourage. He recently read this book himself, and was excited about it enough to want to share his copy so I could read it too. Being about to be between books anyway, and being interested in connecting with him in a shared reading experience, I agreed. It proved to be a very quick read --an adult could read it inside of a half hour. (It has 81 pages, but they're small pages with relatively large text and wide margins, and lots of black-and-white illustrations, this 30th anniversary edition reproducing the original ones by Marcia Sewall.
The deceptively simple but extremely emotionally evocative story was suggested to Gardiner by an actual legend handed down in the area, though vague on names and dates (no date is given in the book, though the details suggest the late 19th century). Jackson, Wyoming is a real town and the annual sled dog race depicted here is also a real event (it was apparently the precursor of today's International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race, though the modern race covers a much wider area in two states). Gardiner tells his story with skill, and with an economy of words. His vocabulary and diction should be well within the command of intelligent middle school kids, but the style doesn't have a feeling of being condescending. The characters are easy to like and care about, the stakes in the conflict are high, and the narrative pace perfect for sustaining tension. As short as the book is, it won't bore adult readers; I responded to the story-line basically the same way any reader, young or old, would.
In some ways, the premise here is similar to that of the later Disney movie for adults, Iron Will, though the two story-lines and the settings and exact circumstances are different. The idea that Willy's beloved 10-year-old sled dog Searchlight could be a serious contender in a race like this isn't implausible; Gardiner ably brings out the facts that she was extremely fast and that both dog and boy knew the course well and ran it frequently, while he also makes the points that a one dog sled is lighter and less awkward to handle than the more cumbersome outfits of the adult mushers and their teams. It's impossible to fully understand the emotional impact of the book without a spoiler. (view spoiler)[Searchlight dies near the finish line, her heart failing her at last from the exertion --though the result lifts the story into something other than pointless tragedy. (hide spoiler)] There are those who wouldn't favor letting kids read this, and would brand it as part of "the Marquis de Sade school of children's literature." It was hard for me to take, and I'm 63! But it might also be said that constantly shielding children from the reality of tragedy in the world may produce children (and later, adults) who don't handle the reality of a tragic world very well.
Read information about the authorJohn 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 the world. In Idaho he heard of a legend on which he based his first book, Stone Fox. Gardiner also edited children's stories for television. He lived out his final years with his wife, Gloria, in California and died of complications from pancreatitis at a hospital in Anaheim, California. He is survived by three daughters, Carrie, Alicia, and Danielle.
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