Stone Fox [John Reynolds Gardiner, Greg Hargreaves] on tvnovellas.info Start reading Stone Fox (Harper Trophy Book) on your Kindle 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.
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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.
Plot[ edit ] Ten year old Willy lives in Jackson, Wyoming on a potato farm with his grandfather and his dog Searchlight. During a harsh winter, his grandfather falls ill and the tax collector comes calling for back taxes. Main Characters[ edit ] Little Willy - the protagonist of the book, he lives with his grandfather in a potato farm in Jackson, Wyoming , United States, male. Searchlight - Willy's loyal black dog, female, heart burst during the race. Grandfather - Willy's grandfather, who is bedridden during much of the story, male.
The next day, I finished the story. By the end, I had seven kids on my lap, and nearly all 25 of us were having a good cry. I explained that when you can read, the best books make you feel things in your heart.
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. 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.
He's a man, for goodness sake. He could say that, instead! This "Indian" is legendary.
There are many stories about him. In Denver, he "snapped a man's back with two fingers. His tribe, the Shoshone, who were peaceful seed gatherers, had been forced to leave Utah and settle on a reservation in Wyoming with another tribe called the Arapaho. Who, specifically is Gardiner talking about? And he tells us they had been forced to leave Utah? By… whom? And… why? And how?!
Biased history and storytelling being what it is, readers fill those gaps with problematic information. Most likely, readers will think about courageous pioneers. The right words are squatters and invaders. Stone Fox was using the money he won from racing to simply download the land back. He had already downloadd four farms and over two hundred acres. That Stone Fox was smart, all right. Sounds heroic but what would we find if we looked into the Shoshone peoples and the efforts they made to protect, retain and recover their homelands?
What treaties did they make? What parts of those treaties were -- and are -- ignored? Bridger treaty in In size, it was over 44 million acres and it covered parts of Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
In , a second treaty was negotiated. The outcome of it was that the reservation was reduced to 2,, acres in Wyoming. Today it is approximately 2. A hand hit little Willy right in the face, sending him over backward. Stone Fox stood tall in the darkness and said nothing. The next day race day , Willie's eye is swollen shut. That plays into the stereotype of the cruel Indian who has no compassion or human-like feelings for others. It is also interesting to think about why Gardiner has Willie tell Stone Fox about his reason for being in the race.
Missing again is any reference to the greater injustice that Indigenous peoples experienced at the hands of those who took their lands from them. Towards the end of this story, Gardiner depicts Stone Fox as a good guy. When Searchlight dies just before crossing the finish line, Stone Fox pulls his sled up beside Willie.
I shared my understanding that the only real excitement for beginning readers, in most books, was the satisfaction of being able to read more and more words as the kids learned more and more phonics rules. I gathered everyone in close, and I began reading Stone Fox.
The kids were absolutely captivated. We stopped to talk, every now and then, discussing what was happening in the story and their feelings about it. When I said we had to stop, everyone groaned—this time, in disappointment.
The next day, I finished the story.
By the end, I had seven kids on my lap, and nearly all 25 of us were having a good cry. I explained that when you can read, the best books make you feel things in your heart. 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.