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Tuesday, August 12, 2008


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We need this book more than ever before in our libraries and classrooms. Kids desperately need the chance to imagine living off the land and being so close to wild animals. They need that chance to imagine library resourcefulness, too, even if it's unrealistic. For me, Jim LaMarche's "The Raft" is the only book that comes close to "My Side of the Mountain."


I have loved this book for years, and went so far as to pack it to take on a recent trip as a possible read out loud to my boys (which didn't happen--we read Kipling instead).I had hopes for The Hatchet, which I read as an adult, but it didn't come close.

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