This is a really good book. Gary Paulsen is a really great author. I think that both boys would like this book the best but girls could enjoy it as well. Maybe even some adults would like it.
Eldon is the main character of this book. He describes the daily life on his family's Minnesota farm from Spring to Winter. Also, he talks about stories and funny events that occurred throughout the way. His older brother Wayne is featured in most of them.
Finally, winter arrives when they spend most of their time in the winter room listening to Uncle David's stories. But one day, Uncle David tells the story of "The Woodcutter" This story is different from any other he ever told. And it changes the lives of both Eldon and Wayne.
My favorite part of this book is when Wayne tries to jump on a horse from the barn window after reading a story about it. But of course, he fails and the results are painful yet funny to me. This book would make a great Christmas gift to any bookworm out there. Though I do have to admit, I do not like the part in this book where Eldon describes how his father kills the animals to eat. But, other than that, it's a great book.
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