Cover image for Stranger in the woods : a photographic fantasy
Title:
Stranger in the woods : a photographic fantasy
Author:
Sams, Carl R.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Milford, MI : C.R. Sams II Photography, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 25 cm
Summary:
Forest animals, awakened by the birds' warning that there is a stranger in the woods, set out to discover if there is danger and find, instead, a wonderful surprise.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 180 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 43624.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 22375 Guided reading level: N.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780967174808
Format :
Book

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Summary

Years after it was published, Stranger in the Woods remains a bestseller, with more than one-million copies in print and repeated appearances on the bestseller lists. Winner of numerous awards, including the 2001 International Reading Association's highest honour, this charming tale uses wildlife photography to tell the story of animals' reactions to a snowman who appears in the woods after a winter storm.


Author Notes

Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick are professional wildlife photographers, whose work has appeared in national and international publications, including Audubon , BBC Wildlife , National Geographic , National Wildlife and Nature's Best . Their best-selling book Stranger in the Woods was the winner of six awards, including the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Award and the 2001 International Reading Association Award. They live in Milford, Michigan.


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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 The stunning best seller self-published by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick (2000) comes to life in this fantasy set in a winter woods. Pierre, a snowdrift with a "bad French accent," tells of a day the forest animals discover a snowman in their midst. The birds are the first to notice and sound the alarm. The creatures' startled expressions and frozen poses convey their fear. Wary of the stranger at first, they quickly realize that there are tasty seeds on his hat and a yummy carrot nose. A mitten lying in the snow suggests the presence of another stranger, and two young siblings are revealed, watching the wildlife enjoy their snowman. When the food is gone and the scavengers disperse, the youngsters venture out to replenish their food supply. The scene then switches to a cozy living room where brother and sister are reading Stranger in the Woods after which they bundle up for the snow, go sledding, make snow angels, and build the snowman. Suddenly and somewhat confusingly, they are grown and engaged in a snowball fight. The story ends with a catchy sing-along, "Who's the Stranger?" that children will find irresistible. Exquisite close-ups of a muskrat, owl, porcupine, rabbit, field mouse, fawn, buck, and various birds accompany the spirited narration and lively songs. All of nature is anthropomorphized in this fanciful flick, from the snow itself to a little oak leaf lying in the brook. Kids will particularly enjoy the upbeat tune, "Mr. Winter's Here," during which the snowman dons silly hats and faces, reminiscent of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman (Random, 1978). Though each creature has a distinct voice, the silly accents may annoy some viewers or confuse non-native speakers. The final 15 minutes contain an additional promotional video on the making of the film. Most of the humor in this segment is aimed at an adult audience (i.e., the trials of self-publishing) and a lot of the material is repetitive. Though it cannot compete with Briggs's classic, this selection is an ideal resource for units on snow or winter, and the soundtrack is bouncy and engaging.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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