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Out of the woods : a true story of an unforgettable event /

by Bond, Rebecca [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015.Edition: First edition.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 28 cm.ISBN: 9780374380779 (reinforced binding); 0374380775 (reinforced binding).Subject(s): Giroux, Antonio Willie -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature | Bond, Rebecca, 1972- -- Family -- Juvenile literature | Gowganda (Ont.) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Gowganda (Ont.) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Hotels -- Ontario -- Gowganda -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Forest fires -- Ontario -- Gowganda -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Animals -- Ontario -- Gowganda -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Survival -- Ontario -- Gowganda -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Lakes -- Ontario -- Gowganda -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Human-animal relationships -- Ontario -- Gowganda -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile literature | Giroux, Antonio Willie -- Childhood and youth | Canada | Hotels | Forest fires | Survival | Human-animal relationshipsScope and content: "Inspired by the author's grandfather's experiences living in a lodge in the woods, a story of how people and animals survive a forest fire in a small Canadian town"-- Provided by publisher.
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Antonio Willie Giroux lived in a hotel his mother ran on the edge of a lake. He loved to explore the woods and look for animals, but they always remained hidden away. One hot, dry summer, when Antonio was almost five, disaster struck: a fire rushed through the forest. Everyone ran to the lake-the only safe place in town-and stood knee-deep in water as they watched the fire. Then, slowly, animals emerged from their forest home and joined the people in the water. Miraculously, the hotel did not burn down, and the animals rebuilt their homes in the forest-but Antonio never forgot the time when he watched the distance between people and animals disappear.

"Inspired by the author's grandfather's experiences living in a lodge in the woods, a story of how people and animals survive a forest fire in a small Canadian town"-- Provided by publisher.

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Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This deceptively simple and original picture book recounts an event that happened to the author's grandfather when he was four years old. In 1914, Antonio Willie Giroux lived in a logging hotel run by his mother in the forest by Gowganda Lake in Ontario. Lively and bustling, the hotel catered to travelers and outdoorsmen, as well as to lumberjacks and silver miners. Antonio was an active little boy, curious about the doings of the employees and the goings on of the hotel, and his activities are described in detail. One night, a fire broke out in the woods, and everyone fled to the lake. Ordinarily, different guests inhabited separate areas of the hotel (with travelers on one floor and working men on another), but that night everyone stuck together-including the animals, who took refuge in the lake as well. Distinguished pen-and-ink illustrations with sepia-toned watercolor washes depict the events and characters realistically, dynamically conveying the movement and flow of the story. Some might doubt the plausibility of the animals and people standing so close together, though this is a minor quibble, as this book is less a strict biography and more a remembrance, with some artistic license taken. VERDICT While this wonderful, somewhat complex selection will be useful for those looking to use literature as a jumping-off point for introducing history, as with Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books, the story itself may lack child appeal and its message of unity may be lost on the intended audience.-Ellie Lease, Harford County Public Library, MD © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Bond relates a story from 1914 Ontario, during her grandfathers childhood, when he lived at a lakeside hotel run by his mother. Art and text describe young Antonio wandering the hotel, intrigued both by the travelers and outdoor sportsmen and by the loud, lively men who worked in the foresttrappers, lumberjacks, silver miners. Antonio also roams the woods, catching only disappointing half-glimpses of wild animals. One day, a forest fire breaks out, driving everyone toward the only safe placethe lake. As people stand in the water watching the fire rage, animals, too, make their way out of the woods and into the lake. Its a dream come true for Antonio, who gets a close-up look at every forest creature imaginable as they slowly parade by. Like a woodland version of Hickss Peaceable Kingdom, wolves stood beside deer, foxes beside rabbits. And people and moose stood close enough to touch. Bond vividly conveys the nearness and wonder by describing what Antonio experiences: he smelled the steam rising off the animals wet fur, saw their chests lifting and falling in steady rhythm, and felt their hot animal breath. As the fire subsides, all creatures leave the waterand miraculously, the hotel has escaped untouched. The endpapers feature realistic drawings of forest animals against a sepia background, the vintage-childrens-book vibe setting the tone for this historical tale. Throughout, Bonds detailed sketches tinted with muted browns, greens, blues, and oranges create a dreamlike mood, a fine match for the mesmerizing story. An appended note includes a photo of the authors grandfather as a child. jennifer m. brabander(c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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