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Paulsen, Gary
New York : Dell, 1991
IL YA RL 5.6
ISBN 0531058395
Eldon and his brother Wayne live on a farm in Minnesota with their parents, Uncle David, and Nels. Eldon goes through a year with his family, starting with spring and ending with winter. He describes the sights, sounds, and smells, and why he likes certain seasons and not the others. He describes the surroundings of the farm and the house, including the "winter room," or living room, where the family gathers each evening after supper to listen to Uncle David tell stories, the first of which is always about his wife, Alida. But one night Uncle David tells a story about a logging hero and Wayne calls him a liar, saying he had never done any of the things he tells about. Uncle David is very hurt and for a while there are no stories. Then Eldon and Wayne see Uncle David in the barn with an axe and for a few moments he is young and strong again, and life after that goes back to normal.
(Linda Wolfgram,, Middle/High School Media Specialist, Benton Community Schools, Van Horne, IA)
SUBJECTS:     Farm life -- Fiction
                        Lumber and lumbering -- Fiction
                        Norwegian Americans -- Fiction
                        Minnesota -- Fiction


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