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The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg
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The Stranger (original 1986; edition 1986)

by Chris Van Allsburg

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Title:The Stranger
Authors:Chris Van Allsburg
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (1986), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:seasons, questions, fall

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A farmer hits a man with his truck so he takes him home. The man cannot talk and doesn't remember anything. When it comes time for Fall, the farmers land doesn't show fall colors or leaves until a week after everything else, and ever since the man has been there. Lots of chances to ask questions, and inferring.
  JackieOttman | Aug 20, 2017 |
This is the story of a farmer who gets in an accident and meets a stranger. The stranger doesn't talk, but while he is staying at the farm, the farm gets one week longer of summer than the rest of the world around him. This story is full of beautiful and eerie illustrations as we learn about the farmer and this stranger. This book opens up so many questions for the readers. Would read to second grade.
  FrounfelterShelbie | Aug 19, 2017 |
A mysterious stranger is invited into the home of the Bailey family, and he brings along with himself endless summer. ( )
  btbarret | Apr 11, 2017 |
The theme of this great book is that friendships can be made in uncertain circumstances. I really enjoyed this book because it allowed me the opportunity to deeply think about and comprehend the certain clues that might gear me towards finding out who this mysterious person is. For example, after the stranger had departed, strange events occurred such as the air turning cold, the leaves on the trees turning red/orange, and the frost message on the window that stated “See you next fall.” However, these events provide clues to the stranger possibly being Jack Frost. This would be a fantastic book to teach kids to use clues to make an inference. Chris Van’s realistic illustrations of the characters and setting make the story more believable. For example, on page 8 we see an illustration of a little girl sitting on the steps with a doll trying to overhear a conversation which makes the encounter of the stranger feel even more realistic. Also, the stranger looks like a typical person and the reader would’ve never had thought of this to be a reference of the famous fantasy character Jack Frost. ( )
  thodge3 | Mar 22, 2017 |
This is a fantasy story about a strange man who appears in a town one day when he is suddenly hit by the truck of a local farmer. The farmer takes the stranger in, but he can't remember who he is or where he came from. Strange things start to happen at the family farm after the stranger arrives. Readers are left wondering who the stranger was, and many infer that he is some type of Jack Frost.

Teaching Connections: making inferences, making predictions based off of evidence from a text ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
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It was the time of year Farmer Bailey liked best, when summer turned to fall.
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“Oh no!” he thought. “I’ve hit a deer.”
“Oh, you can throw that out,” he answered. “It’s broken, the mercury is stuck at the bottom.”
“Brrr,” she said. “There’s a draft in here tonight.”
It would be much better, he thought, if all trees could be red and orange.
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The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?

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The enigmatic origins of the stranger Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the changing season.

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