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Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award (Minnesota). Library of Congress Children's Books. Beehive Award (Utah). Southern California Council on Literature for. John Reynolds Gardiner's classic action-packed adventure story about a thrilling dogsled race has captivated readers for more than thirty years. Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, Stone Fox tells the story of Little Willy, who lives with his grandfather in Wyoming. Little Willy is. John Reynolds Gardiner's classic action-packed adventure story about a thrilling dogsled race has captivated readers for more than thirty years. Based on a Rocky Mountain legend, Stone Fox tells the story of Little Willy, who lives with his Also me: They call him Little Willy.


Stone Fox Book

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Stone Fox [John Reynolds Gardiner, Greg Hargreaves] on redelocidi.cf Start reading Stone Fox (Harper Trophy Book) on your site in under a minute. John Reynolds Gardiner. Stone Fox. Illustrated by Greg Hargreaves rocking chair under one of the trees, reading a book. “Doc Smith,” little Willy called out. Stone Fox is a short children's novel by John Reynolds Gardiner. It is the first and best known of Gardiner's books. Stone Fox was acclaimed and very popular.

When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race—the prize money would save the farm and his grandfather.

But he isn't the only one who desperately wants to win. Willy and his brave dog Searchlight must face off against experienced racers, including a Native American man named Stone Fox, who has never lost a race. The story takes place in the early s, in what is currently known as the state of Wyoming. Prior to European and later, American, invasion, it was Indigenous land. A little over half of what is, today, Wyoming, was part of the Louisiana download.

The US bought it from France in but how and why does that narrative get told that way? Why do history books leave out the fact that it was Indigenous land before it was France or the US claimed it?

These are not rhetorical questions! When teachers who teach students in those areas, today, leave out the history of Indigenous peoples, they tell Indigenous students that their history does not matter. How the people of an Indigenous nation are depicted is also tremendously important. Rather than depicting us as peoples of distinct nations that traded with peoples of other nations, and that had diplomacy with those other nations, we are shown as generic primitive, simple minded children or animal-like savages.

None of that is accurate. Indians is a generic term. Not naming who he bought the sled from contributes to that generic image that falls into stereotypical thinking. The chapter opens with Willy inside the bank. His skin was dark, his hair was dark, and he wore a dark-colored headband.

His eyes sparkled in the sunlight, but the rest of his face was as hard as stone. Moccasins up to his knees? Furs and leather? While that is plausible, I wonder if it was typical dress at that time. By then, Native peoples wore some of the same clothes that Americans were wearing. A face as hard as stone?

Now we see why Gardiner named this character Stone Fox. That is a common stereotype.

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Native people are often depicted as stoic--lacking in display of any emotion… rigid, unmoving. The Indian looked at Little Willy. His face was solid granite, but his eyes were alive and cunning.

A fox!

Now we know why Gardiner created this name for this Indian. He wants readers to understand that this Indian is hard and cunning. All of this is negative stereotyping. Instead, "the Indian" looks at Searchlight. That makes Searchlight moan.

Readers have come to like Searchlight by this point, and its moan tells them that Searchlight is worried or afraid of "the Indian". I'm intentionally using quotation marks for the Indian because Gardiner's repeated use of "the Indian" objectifies and others him.

I explained that when you can read, the best books make you feel things in your heart.

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They can make you laugh aloud, or gasp in surprise, or even feel afraid. They can teach you things so that you feel wise, or determined to make a difference for good, or even just inspired to try something new. In the book, that grace and sincere caring was the difference between winning and losing. I disagree. We all experience tough times. When I think of all I want for my readers, Stone Fox helps to set the stage.

When Grandfather falls ill, he is no longer able to work the farm, which is in danger of foreclosure. Little Willy is determined to win the National Dogsled Race—the prize money would save the farm and his grandfather.

Willy and his brave dog Searchlight must face off against experienced racers, including a Native American man named Stone Fox, who has never lost a race. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. 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.

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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 Book Review: Willy is determined to make everything better by harvesting the potato crop. Against all odds, Willy enters a dog-sled race, where he'll compete against the best racers in the country, including the huge Indian, Stone Fox, who has never lost a race.

Will his determination and courage be enough? As mentioned, this book is a tear-jerker. However, it spurred great conversation great enough to make me forget I had an appointment See hundreds of reviews of Deliciously Clean Reads at my blog: View 1 comment. I have read this book 3 times once with each of my daughters and now with my 2nd grade students and each time I am a complete emotional wreck by the end.

This short chapter book really tugs at the heartstrings and leaves so much to feel and discuss. Dec 05, Jonathan Peto rated it really liked it Shelves: Though I finished it days ago, this story is still growing on me. While I read it aloud to my class, I had a lot of doubts.

There were also details that did not float my boat or got stuck in my craw. However, the stunned silence of the children at t Though I finished it days ago, this story is still growing on me.

However, the stunned silence of the children at the end, the tears of quite a few, and the ending itself, was quite extraordinary.

Now there are details at the end and throughout I must savour and mull over, such as Stone Fox's actions. Sep 21, Donalyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don, Celeste, and I cried like babies when we read this together, many years ago. We still remember Stone Fox as one our fondest reading memories. Go, Searchlight, go! Sep 16, Annie Risher rated it it was amazing.

It was really good. This was about teaching people to care for others and try to help them work things out. Willie tried helping out his grandfather and did everything he could. The ending was sad, but I still liked it a lot. Searchlight was Willie's dog, and she worked hard for him. She ran too fast, and it hurt her heart. You will love this book as much as me. Feb 17, Dallin rated it it was amazing.

It is sad but i don't want to spoal it. Aug 11, Luleia rated it really liked it. Very sad! Spoiler Alert!! The main character is a ten-year-old boy named Billy who owns a very nice dog named Stella. Billy lives with his grandfather. Life is good until his grandfather falls seriously ill. This man came to the door after the grandpa has been sick for a while. He says that the grandpa hasn't been paying his taxes so he'll have to take grandpa's farm away. Billy, unwilling to let the farm be taken away and himself thrust into an orphanage, enters him and his dog into this dog rac Very sad!

Billy, unwilling to let the farm be taken away and himself thrust into an orphanage, enters him and his dog into this dog race in town.

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He's racing against the legendary Stone Fox who has never lost a dogsled race yet. Once the race starts he gets a good headstart, despite the fact that he has Stella and Stone Fox has 5 beautiful Samoyeds a type of dog who are very fast. But slowly and steadily Stone Fox advances on Billy until they're neck and neck.

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Suddenly Billy's dog Stella dies. Stone Fox draws a line in the snow and tells all the other racers not to cross the line or he will shoot them. Then he tells Billy to cross the finish line. Billy carries Stella across the finish line and saves the farm and his grandfather; a bittersweet ending. Oct 20, Amber Kennedy rated it really liked it. I give this 4 stars, but my 6 year old son would give it 5. His whole face dropped at the end, and I thought he would say it was too sad, but he immediately asked if we could read it again!

Jul 08, Jennifer Mangler rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a great little story about courage and determination and love. Feb 27, Jenni DaVinCat rated it really liked it. This book is short and sweet. I can see why children might love it, but at the same time I should have realized that any book with a dog on the cover view spoiler [ is going to end sadly. I guess I'm a sort-of reading masochist in that sense. I probably should have picked a better time to read the ending than over my lunch break at work.

I sometimes like to go back and read This book is short and sweet. I sometimes like to go back and read books that I missed out on in childhood to see if I would have liked them and this is definitely one that I would have liked as a kid. Mar 12, Laurie rated it really liked it. Not into children's books?

Then you may want to pass on this one. However, I think the story can be enjoyed by a reader of any level. Just realize that the vocabulary and reading level may be not what you are used to. I'm into children's books of many types because I am a teacher.

But it's decent historical fiction, coming of age writing. I couldn't sleep the other night and picked this up. It's not long. I finished it before my eyes gave out on me. It would be like reading a short story to most Not into children's books?

It would be like reading a short story to most of you.

Why I Love the Book Stone Fox & Why You Should Read It With Your Child

Little Willie, the main character, will touch your heart. It seems amazing that a young boy at his age can do so much, but since this was set in our early years, kids did more than they do now anyway.

So when he starts taking care of the farm AND his sick grandfather, it didn't make me put the book down. And since it was written at a young person's level, it was really a fast read. You will fall in love with little Willie, probably get somewhat angry with the grandfather, and recognize the heart of a man named Stone Fox. Give it a try. It might just wind up on your favorites list for a short read.

Dec 09, Sheila rated it it was amazing. Evocative black and white illustrations enhance a simply told story, recreating a simpler world of the past, where small boys could try to save the family farm and neighbors would do all they could to help.

Unfortunately someone else needs that mo Evocative black and white illustrations enhance a simply told story, recreating a simpler world of the past, where small boys could try to save the family farm and neighbors would do all they could to help. Unfortunately someone else needs that money too. So how will need and luck play out? The story pulls the reader in right from the start.

The end of the race stays in doubt until the final pages as words fly by. Tragic, beautiful and kind, Stone Fox is a story to linger in the mind of young readers, inspiring questions, thought and hope.

Apr 13, Lana Harriman rated it it was amazing Shelves: It did not disappoint! The book was easy to relate to and certainly pulled at my heartstrings. The theme of hope, hard work, and dedication are practically my motto and this book can be enjoyable and beneficial for many age groups. Purpose — 3rd to 4th grade read-aloud or read-to-self. This book could serve many lessons.

I could use it for history and geography studies. It would be great for lessons on character traits, story elements, literary devices, and personal connections text-to-self, text-to-world, text-to-text.Gardiner also edited children's stories for television. View all 41 comments. I like yellow. It was about a 2. Most likely, readers will think about courageous pioneers.

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