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Out of the Woods: A True Story of an…

Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event

by Rebecca Bond

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This book surprised me. Although published ind 2015, the cover and end papers of the book make it look very old. The story takes place in 1914 in a rural town in Ontario, Canada. Told through the eyes of a young boy, you learn about the area at the time and witness a fire that overcomes the forest, forcing people and animals alike to stand in the lake for what "felt like several days" until the fire burned out. The story, with is quaint illustrations, was captivating from start to finish. The final page explains the actual history and shows a photograph of the boy in the story, and you learn that he was the author's grandfather. I'm looking forward to reading this with my students. ( )
  Tessa.Johnson | Feb 4, 2017 |
A fantastic story and beautifully illustrated picture book that even older readers will enjoy.

The author's great grandfather survived a terrible fire by going into a nearby lake. That is not the most incredible part of the story what is amazing is the whole town and all the animals of the forest went into the lake together. When the fire past the animals went back into the woods and the townspeople went back to recover anything that survived the fire.

This was a Winter 2015 Indie Book Pick I found at The Blue Willow Bookshop.

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  yvonne.sevignykaiser | Apr 2, 2016 |
Summary: "Inspired by the author's grandfather's experiences living in a lodge in the woods, a story of how people and animals survive a forest fire in a small Canadian town" Ages: K - G 3. Tone: realistic, biographical. Illustrations: pen-and-ink illustrations with sepia-toned watercolor washes, grey, green and fine lines. Emotional level: high. " But Antonio never forgot the fire or the people up to their waists in water...and the distance between animals and people disappear in the summer of 1914"
  Erika.D | Feb 4, 2016 |
Lovely story, probably most suitable to upper elementary students. The depiction of everyone coming together is captivating!
  gretchensanders | Jan 19, 2016 |
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For Papa, of course, and for Cozette and Iris
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Antonio Willie Giroux lived in Ontario, Canada, in the town of Gowganda, on the edge of Gowganda Lake, in a hotel his mother ran.
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Antonio Willie Giroux lived in a hotel his mother ran on the edge of a lake. He loved to explore the woods and look for animals, but they always remained hidden away. One hot, dry summer, when Antonio was almost five, disaster struck: a fire rushed through the forest. Everyone ran to the lake-the only safe place in town-and stood knee-deep in water as they watched the fire. Then, slowly, animals emerged from their forest home and joined the people in the water. Miraculously, the hotel did not burn down, and the animals rebuilt their homes in the forest-but Antonio never forgot the time when he watched the distance between people and animals disappear.

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"Inspired by the author's grandfather's experiences living in a lodge in the woods, a story of how people and animals survive a forest fire in a small Canadian town"--

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