When the influenza epidemic strikes Duluth, Minnesota, in 1918, Marven's parents send their son far away from the danger of the disease. But a logging camp in the great north woods?
A true story of a small Jewish boy and a bearish French-Canadian lumberjack . . . and how they became friends under the most unusual circumstances.
About the Author
KATHRYN LASKY has written several picture books, photo-essays, and novels for young readers. Her honors include the prestigious National Jewish Book Award. Ms. Lasky lives in Cambridge, Massachusets.
KEVIN HAWKES has illustrated many popular picture books. He lives on an island off the coast of Maine.
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Marven of the Great North Woods based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Based on a true story about Kathryn Lasky's father as a young boy of 10. Marven and his family have moved to the United States from Russia. It is 1918 and an epidemic breaks out in Detroit, Michigan. To escape the disease, Marven is shipped away to live and work at a lumber camp in upper Michigan. He sets out on a five hour train ride by himself. When he arrives at his destination, he then has to ski about 5 miles to the lumber camp. I loved this story. Kathryn Lasky is one of my favorite writers. She authored the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. This story is one of those total Immersion experiences. Kevin Hawkes paintings are superb throughout the book. The text and the artwork combine to bring you right into the rousing lumber camp in the middle of winter. In the classroom I would talk with the students about being brave and accepting personal responsibility. Can they remember a time when they were brave or had to be responsible? The students could talk in pairs and then write down individually their experiences to share later.
This book is a true story about how two unlikely people become friends. Marven a ten year old boy from Duluth, Minnesota in 1918, is sent to live at a logging camp far awar from home in the Great North Woods to escape the influenza that is sweeping the country. Marven is scared to go becasue he does not know what to expect, and is also afraid that the influenza might take the life of some of his family members. At the logging camp Marven meets a French speaking lumberjack named Jean Louis. The two have nothing in common, but become freinds anyway. When Marven comes back home he is relieved to find out that the influenza is over, and that all of his family memebers are alive.