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This incredible Newberry Honor Book by Jean Craighead George can inspire any child or young adult to seek adventures in the outdoors . It has been a favorite among my family and it is sure to draw every family who loves nature in to this dreamy world in the woods.
Fifteen-year-old Sam Gribley has decided to run away from his crowded apartment home, but unlike most kids who rarely get beyond their block, Sam goes from New York City all the way to the ruined farm of Great-grandfather Gribley in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There are no buildings or people on the old Gribley farm, so Sam sets up residence by hollowing out the trunk of an ancient Hemlock tree. He has brought only a few tools of survival with him: a penknife, a ball of cord, an ax, 40 dollars, and some flint and steel to help him make fire. Using these simple tools and his wits, Sam learns to live off the land, and in the course of a year, discovers just how much he values freedom, independence, and adventure when faced with the challenges of blizzards, loneliness and fear.
Outdoor lovers will find lots of information about survival skills, and all readers will identify with Sam's ups and downs as he lives out every child's secret dream.
A perfect family read aloud for inspiring connection with nature for ages 6 and up.
Sequel, The Far Side of the Mountain and My Side of the Mountain Outdoor Guides are also available in the shop and makes for a perfect bundle for your young naturalist .
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