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School Library JournalGrade 4-6. The year is 1832, and Oliver Johnson, age 11, lives with his family in a log cabin on a clearing farm in the woods about four miles north of the village of Indianapolis. This acccount is of the month-by-month activities of Ollie, his mother and father, and others. The children walk to school and get lost in a snowstorm and help with the stock; Ollie assists his dad to clear more land, plant, raise a new log cabin, hunt a bear, and so on. Sequences are based on Oliver Johnson's reminiscences, recounted in his grandson Howard Johnson's A Home in the Woods (Indiana University Press, 1978, o.p.) Pen-and-ink drawings grace most pages. As a picture of a pioneer boy who is almost an adult in the work he is assigned, in a forest world now gone, this handsome, well-printed, lap-size book is worth acquiring either for its own sake or to add to the slender stock of such books on this subject - and in print.
—George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield