Uncle Daney's Way

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When Uncle Daney, a crippled logger, comes to live with the family, 12-year-old Cole expects someone big and tough. But Uncle Daney is a gentle, bright-eyed old man in a wheelchair. He does bring someone big, though, his draft horse Nip.

The family can't afford a horse, but Uncle Daney is determined to keep Nip, and has his own way of getting things done. Cole soon finds himself learning to use a draft horse, and learning how to wait for opportunity, then seize it. "A finely ...

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Overview

When Uncle Daney, a crippled logger, comes to live with the family, 12-year-old Cole expects someone big and tough. But Uncle Daney is a gentle, bright-eyed old man in a wheelchair. He does bring someone big, though, his draft horse Nip.

The family can't afford a horse, but Uncle Daney is determined to keep Nip, and has his own way of getting things done. Cole soon finds himself learning to use a draft horse, and learning how to wait for opportunity, then seize it. "A finely crafted tale of human ingenuity in the face of hardship." (SLJ)

When his great-uncle Daney comes to live with Cole's family after being crippled in a logging accident, the two work together all summer to find a way to make enough money to buy feed so they can keep Daney's old horse.

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Gr 4-7-Cole, 12, has never met his paralyzed uncle, a former logger, but he imagines him to be a burly, hard-drinking, rough sort, and is not looking forward to having him come to live in his family's barn. But Daney turns out to be old and small, with a twinkle in his eye and a huge, handsome skidding horse as a companion. Nip proves to be a marvel of disciplined power and intelligence, and is the pride of Daney's life. But times are hard for this rural Vermont family, and Pop doubts they can afford to keep the animal. So, despite his useless legs, Daney cleverly schools Cole in the art of harnessing and driving a work horse, and together they improve Nip's usefulness. When Daney learns from neighboring farmers of a chance for winning money in the Farm Horse Contest at the upcoming fair, he intensifies Cole's training, and the culmination brings the boy into tight competition for the recognition and dollars that will ensure Nip's salvation. This is much more than a horse story-it is a finely crafted tale of human ingenuity in the face of hardship. With subtlety, insight, and economy of language, Haas creates a satisfying cast of believable characters working through fears and uncertainties to achieve moments of joy, pride, and kinship.-Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Junior High School, Springfield, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781475974058
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 1,098,375
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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