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Night of the White Stag by M. C. Helldorfer

Night of the White Stag

by M. C. Helldorfer, Yvonne Gilbert (Illustrator)

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The Night of the White stag touches ever so slightly on disability. This story is about a finder looking for his father who never came home. While out looking for his dad he runs into a man. This man he runs into happens to be blind. The blind man is out hunting for a specific animal called a white stag. The finder and the blind man find the animal . Not a great read. I would not read this book because I think it doesn't really have a purpose. It touches slightly on blindness but not enough to impact a child's education on disabilities. ( )
  Phallan | Apr 2, 2017 |
After the King's war ended, Finder's father never returned. With his family starving for food, young Finder sets off for the castle on Christmas Eve in search of some. When he loses his way, he stumbles upon an old blind man who is hunting for the mythical great white stag. Finder has his doubts, but he helps the old man in his quest. With a little trust, Finder discovers that miracles can happen.

The Bottom Line: This story was inspired by medieval literature and folklore. It takes the reader along on a wintry dream vision. Lavishly illustrated in detailed colored pencil, this tale of bravery will pull you in as good prevails. For children in grades 3 – 4.

This review also appears at the Mini Book Bytes Book Review Blog. ( )
  aya.herron | Aug 3, 2016 |
I would recommend this book to any child that is in 1st through maybe 4th grade. This is a book about a Finder who is waiting for his father to come home from the war when he runs into this man hunting in the woods for a White Stag. The man, however, was blind and couldn't see. Finder doesn't believe their is such thing as a creature, but towards the end of the book the blind man and Finder come across the creature and he sees it for himself. ( )
  kathryn123 | Nov 18, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385322615, Hardcover)

It is the winter after the king's war, and Finder's father has never returned. On his way to the king's castle to seek food for his starving family, the boy enters a snow covered forest. He loses his way and becomes frightened—even more so when he meets an old man who is madly hunting for a great white stag. The man is blind, haunted by the memories of war. Though Finder doubts that the white stag exists, he guides the hunter in his search. When they finally come upon the wonderous creature, Finder's awe and his traust in all that is good and pure heal the tormented hunter.

Yvonne Gilbert's lyrical illustrations beautifully complement M.C.Helldorfer's magical tale of loss and the redemptive power of faith and love.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:42 -0400)

On Christmas Eve, a young boy enters an ice-webbed forest,where he encounters an old blind man who is hunting the wonderous and elusive white stag.

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