Reasons For Choice In Stone Fox, By John Reynolds Gardiner

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Reasons for selection Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner, written in 1980, tells the story of a boy, living with his grandfather, who must find a way to save his grandfather’s farm from the tax collector. Gardiner tells this story of a boy, set in Wyoming, where sled dogs were common and $500 was enough for a farmer to lose his farm. The idea for the story was originally heard by the author in 1974 and the ending was “reported to have happened” (Gardiner 1980). The film was later made into a movie.
Stone Fox, a children’s fiction story, is geared toward youth from seven to ten years old and describes a way of life that many children don’t experience any longer. The story is told in such a way, which appears simplistic, but with complex
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This language allows young readers to achieve success with this book and enjoy an interesting story. Gardiner’s choice to tell the story from the third person point of view, results in a story where the characters are distant from both the reader and the other characters. Silence and looks between characters provide significant information. The language choice emphasizes Little Willy’s isolation from peers and adults, resulting in a feeling of isolation for the reader.
John Gardiner’s decision to write the story without establishing a year, or even a broad time frame, extends the possibilities of this book. When does the book take place? We know it takes place in a winter in Wyoming. The characters use horses to travel and Little Willy attached a plow to his dog, Searchlight, to plow the potato fields. This lack of detail of the setting provides the opportunity to stay focused on Little Willy’s
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Doc, her medical degree, Stone Fox, an intelligent Shoshone providing land back to his tribe and Little Willy his drive and determination to improve his grandfather’s health by winning the race, all derive through significant resolve. Each has achieved strength and reputation, power, through hard work. The author has minimized the importance of gender and maximized the importance of determination and success.
Evaluative Conclusion John Gardiner’s Stone Fox, seen through a literary lens, tells a timeless story about a boy’s attempt to heal his grandfather and save his farm. The minimal, simplistic language and plot, whether designed to reach young reader, or to focus the reader on the story succeeds on both levels.
As seen through a feminist lens, wherein, focus is on the characters, this book provides a viewpoint of the author’s perspective on women. He views women as equal as evidenced by providing a job that is still seen as a man’s occupation, which proves her strength. Earning such a degree, at the time this story takes place, would have required tremendous fortitude, exactly the same as Little Willy shows throughout the story. The men in Little Willy’s life appear weak, contrasting with the typical gender stereotypes of the setting, when the author wrote the story and even to today’s

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