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Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Stone Fox (edition 1999)

by John Reynolds Gardiner (Author), Marcia Sewall (Illustrator), John Reynolds Gardiner (Author)

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Title:Stone Fox
Authors:John Reynolds Gardiner (Author)
Other authors:Marcia Sewall (Illustrator), John Reynolds Gardiner (Author)
Info:Scholastic (1999), Paperback, 81 pages
Collections:Non Fiction, Chapter Books
Tags:Fox, Race, Snow

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Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner


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This book could be used as a class book or an independent book in grades 4 & 5. The students could write about a hard time that they had in their live and what they could do to overcome it. They could share their papers with the class so other students could have more ideas on what to do when they are going through a hard time. This could help the students to understand the theme of the story better by relating it to themselves.
  brandi3325 | Jan 25, 2017 |
Summary: Little Willy hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters. Against all odds, Willy manages to win the race against the previously unbeaten Indian "Stone Fox" and his team of five Samoyeds.

Personal reaction: This is a fun, simple, and easy to read novel; especially for children. With basic elements of drama, competition, and teamwork, this book is a great introduction to complete literature for children as they enter the first grade (potentially earlier).

Classroom extension: This would be a great opportunity for young children to hold an open dialogue about Willy's adventures, and perhaps act as a means for children to act out the story in a play. ( )
  Ali.Simon | Dec 13, 2016 |
A lot of tears after this one.
  bookofmoons | Sep 1, 2016 |
Of course I read this when I was in teacher-training, and at least one of my sons read it with his class, but I decided to see if I like it on it's own merits, as a reader with my own interests.  And I do.  Imo, it's just as exciting and moving outside the school setting as it can be inside (with the right teacher, like Horrible Harry's teacher).  Concise - lots of powerful ideas in a very short book.  Definitely not obsolete (though it is historical fiction and a few words & ideas might need to be explained). ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Stone fox is a good book. It's about a young boy and his dog. one day his grandfather doesn't really wake up so the doctor comes and she tells the boys at the grandfather is in the depression. The boy thinks that the reason for this is because the grandfather thought that it would be a bad year for growing crops, so the boy grows the crops himself, and he does it very well. But it doesn't heal his grandfather. the tax man comes and the boy figures out that the grandfather hasn't been taxes. So the boy a dog race with his dog. A Indian man named Stone fox always wins the race. the race will give the boy $500 if he wins, then he can pay the taxes and then he won't have to sell his farm. The boy one but a cost, his dog died, she was very old but very fast. I like this book because it showed a friendship between a dog and a boy. I hope a lot of people like this book because it makes you really think about that sort of stuff. ( )
  CooperW8 | Apr 27, 2016 |
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One day Grandfather wouldn't get out of bed.
The idea for this story came from a Rocky Mountain legend that was told to me in 1974 by Bob Hudson over a cup of coffee at Hudson's Cafe in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Although Stone Fox and the other characters are purely fictitious and of my creation, the tragic ending to this story belongs to the legend and is reported to have actually happened. --John Reynolds Gardiner
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A Race Against Time

Little Willy's grandfather is sick, and it's up to Willy to save their farm from tax collectors. Their only hope is the prize money from the National Dogsled Race. But a lot of other people want to win the race, too, including Stone Fox, who has never lost a race in his life.

Do Willy and his dog Searchlight stand a chance against the toughest racers around? Can they win the race to save the farm -- and Grandfather -- before it's too late?

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Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.

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