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John and Tom

John and Tom

by Willem Lange, Bert Dodson
     
 

Popular North Country yarn-spinner Willem Lange interprets the true tale of a young logger who is saved by his remarkable Morgan horse after an accident in the woods. Luminous watercolors beautifully convey the mutual bond of love and trust between man and animal, while the warmhearted narrative calls out to armchair readers young and old. Concluding activity page.

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Popular North Country yarn-spinner Willem Lange interprets the true tale of a young logger who is saved by his remarkable Morgan horse after an accident in the woods. Luminous watercolors beautifully convey the mutual bond of love and trust between man and animal, while the warmhearted narrative calls out to armchair readers young and old. Concluding activity page. Ages 6-10.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Highly recommended!” (starred review)—Library Talk

“This story…has a homespun, old-fashioned quality that will provide children with insights into a simpler, quieter lifestyle.”—School Library Journal

“A heartwarming story, with appeal to animal lovers.”—Booklist

Boston Globe
These stories are a valuable tool.
Publishers Weekly
This addition to the Family Heritage Series once again highlights a true tale of north-country life. John, a young logger, and Tom, his dependable Morgan horse, ply their trade in the woods near their home. One cold day, while John is working, an errant tree pins his foot in the snow. "John often said that Tom was the smartest horse in the world" and it's his four-footed companion who saves him from a chilly demise. Tom chews through his tether to reach his master, follows a series of voice commands to haul the fallen tree away, and ferries John safely home to his worried parents. Lange (Tales from the Edge of the Woods) relates this ultimately uplifting tale with all the sturdy simplicity of a wintry Vermont landscape, while Dodson's (Buffalo Thunder) judicious use of color in his spare watercolors (the red of John's jacket against the snow, for instance) and a tight focus on the action heighten the drama. This book and this series as a whole preserves the memories of a bygone way of life. A brief afterword expands on the tale's origins and suggests ways for readers to collect and archive their own family's animal tales. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-An inspiring story of the special bond between a young logger and his faithful workhorse, set in Vermont in the 1950s. On a cold November day, John is pinned down beneath a fallen tree. When Tom hears the young man calling to him, he responds by biting through his rope and following all of his owner's familiar commands until he frees him. The logger and his horse return safely home and John comments to his father, "-I always take a friend. The best friend anybody could ever have!" The realistic illustrations capture the snowy, cold Vermont winter and the special relationship between the animal and the young man. The warm brown tones of the horse and barn, John's soft green and red clothing, and the dramatic close-ups of the accident and rescue support the straightforward text. This story, based on local history, has a homespun, old-fashioned quality that will provide children with insights into a simpler, quieter lifestyle.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780916718176
Publisher:
Vermont Folklife Center
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Series:
Family Heritage Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

WILLEM LANGE has published three collections of short stories, Okay, Lets Try It Again, Tales from the Edge of the Woods and Where Does the Wild Goose Go?. A regular commentator on both Vermont Public Radio and Vermont Public Television, he received a 2000 Emmy nomination for his TV commentaries. Mr. Lange lives with his wife in Montpelier, Vermont. BERT DODSON is the author and illustrator of the best-selling learn-to-draw classic, Keys to Drawing. He has also illustrated numerous children's books, including Supergrandpa, Buffalo Thunder and several volumes of the American Adventure Series. Mr. Dodson lives in Bradford, Vermont.

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