The Stoneboat

The Stoneboat

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A young boy's father, like many of the local farmers, owes money to the powerful Mr. Richard. Although Mr. Richard has been unfriendly, when the boy sees him clearing a field of stones, he decides to lend a hand. The boy's father joins in, and by dawn the difficult job is completed and the debt has been forgiven. This historically accurate story of farm life in the '20s expands the author's series of stories about traditional rural life.
Publisher: Toronto : Douglas & McIntyre, c1999.
ISBN: 9780888993687
0888993684
Branch Call Number: E FICTION Jam
Characteristics: [30] p. :,col. ill. ;,26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Zhang, Ange

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jakevandepol
Apr 05, 2018

I read this with my five year old son, and it was kinda disturbing. A man nearly drowns in a river, and is saved by a boy. When the boy comes home to his little sister, his litter sister says "you should have let him drown. Our dad owes him two hundred dollars."
Holy fiddlesticks- how do you talk a kid through that one? Talk about adult situations. Heavy as the rock on the cover.
Also, the story has kind of a weird ending. It just sorta ends; the issues the book raises are only partially resolved, on a final page that was half-empty. It was almost as if the author was pressed for time, or lost interest in this otherwise very serious subject matter.
Anyway, when we got done reading it at the library, my son wanted to read it at bedtime. So whatever it was, it was working for him. Go figure.

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