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Gerstein, Mordicai
New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998
IL K-3  RL 3.5
ISBN 0374384312
This book is based on a true story.  A small boy was found living alone in the wild woods outside of the town of Saint-Sernin in the south of France in 1800.  It is still a mystery as to how he came to live and survive alone in the forest.  Doctors thought that the boy was deaf and wanted to put him in an asylum, but a young doctor, Jean-Marc Itard, adopted him and named him Victor.  How terrified Victor must have been when he met people!  Everyone stared at him.  They treated him like a wild animal.  How hard it was for him to learn to live with others!  He didn't understand when people spoke.  How patient Dr. Itard was as he helped Victor overcome his fears and learn!  Read this book and consider how much we learn from all our family and friends, and what it must be like to have none of this help as a very small child.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Wild Boy of Aveyon
                        Feral children


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