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American explorer childrens book

Alright this may have been a childrens book it may have been targeted at teens. I ran across it around 1985.

 

Family is trail blazing. Father builds cabin, leaves son (perhaps the mother too) behind to go back east to trade for supplies. Cabin burns down. Son wanders the woods. Finds a tree somewhat hollowed out. Scrounges for supplies. Learns trapping and hunting the hard way. Hollows out the tree further, winterizes it. Makes his own clothing. Encounters Natives, makes friends. Survives the winter. Father returns. 

 

If anyone has the slightest idea, I'd appreciate it.   

 

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Re: American explorer childrens book

I think you're off a little bit on some of the family details, but I'd be surprised if it weren't My Side of the Mountain.
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L_Monty wrote:
I think you're off a little bit on some of the family details, but I'd be surprised if it weren't My Side of the Mountain.

Ah.. that's not it. Though I'm fuzzy on some of the details since it been well over a decade.

But that is definately not it. Though not a bad book from the looks. 

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Re: American explorer childrens book

Rats.
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TiggerBear wrote:

Alright this may have been a childrens book it may have been targeted at teens. I ran across it around 1985.

 

Family is trail blazing. Father builds cabin, leaves son (perhaps the mother too) behind to go back east to trade for supplies. Cabin burns down. Son wanders the woods. Finds a tree somewhat hollowed out. Scrounges for supplies. Learns trapping and hunting the hard way. Hollows out the tree further, winterizes it. Makes his own clothing. Encounters Natives, makes friends. Survives the winter. Father returns. 

 

If anyone has the slightest idea, I'd appreciate it.   

 


I think it's The Boy Who Lived In A Tree by Mitch Martin

 

 

Suzi

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Re: American explorer childrens book

That looks closer, but still not it.
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Re: American explorer childrens book

Try this one: The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sign_of_the_Beaver

 

It sounds much closer, though still not exactly, to what you remember...

 

Good Luck

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Re: American explorer childrens book

BINGO! Though it looks like I may have merged two book in my childhood brain.

Thank You!

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Re: American explorer childrens book

This reminds me of a movie that I think was based on a book. I can't think of the title either. The video I had was distributed by Feature Films for Families. The mother was played by Annette O'Toole. When I go to the library where I donated the movie I'll try to check on it for you.