This is the sequel to My Side of the Mountain (Dutton, 1988 ISBN 0-525-44395-9) and is the continuation of the story of Sam Gridley, a young man determined to live with nature, not against it, in comparative isolation on a mountain in the Catskills of New York. Now his younger sister Alice has joined him there, more or less and leaves a trail for him to follow through the mountains where he may rescue his beloved falcon, Frightful.
This June morning is hot and humid with a haze so dense I can barely see the huge hemlock tree in which I live. I like the haze. It has erased all but the great tree trunks, making my mountaintop home as simple as it was when I first came here more than two years ago.
What has the author promised you? What do you know about Sam from these words?
Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan. (2009, Greenwillow. ISBN 9780061626548. Order Info.) Chapter Book. 112 pages. Gr 1-3.
This chapter book uses a sweet approach to tell a cautionary tale of a town that doesn't allow any messiness. The consequences for one little girl effect her own quality of life as well as the wilderness environment. The writing is full of creative word usage and begs to be read aloud. A charming gem of a book. Read More.
Compare Sam to Matt Hallowell from Elizabeth George Speare's Sign of the Beaver (Houghton, 1983 ISBN 0-395-33890-5). Matt immediately eats the available food and has minimal survival skills. Would Matt make it with Sam? Would Sam have coped as well in the time of Sign of the Beaver?
Sam's quest for survival in the wild was entered upon willingly. Look through the literature for books about survivors such as Slake in Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman (Macmillan, 1974 ISBN 0-684-13926-X. ) Slake's survival underground was, at least at first, born of necessity. His skills for survival are different than either Sam or Matt Hallowel. Whose physical condition is better at the beginning and at the end of their stories? With which of those environments could you possibly survive?
Make a chart listing main characters from survival novels with different settings. List their tools, their skills before and after their ordeals.
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