The Boy Who Ran to the Woods by Jim Harrison

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Jim Harrison is best known for his novels that speak wisdom and illuminate the soul. He now turns his hand to a child's tale, The Boy Who Ran to the Woods. Exquisitely illustrated by Tom Pohrt, The Boy Who Ran to the Woods recounts a childhood tragedy that ends in redemption. Harrison tells a personal story of little Jimmy, a boy who injures his eye and must learn life's meanings through adversity. It is this painful experience that leads to little Jimmy's discovery of nature -- animals, birds, and woods -- and ultimately to his ability to overcome intense suffering. Beautifully written with Harrison's quintessential style of writing about the natural world, combined with the unique illustrations of Tom Pohrt, The Boy Who Ran to the Woods promises to delight children of all ages and will appeal to all the devoted fans of Harrison's literature and poetry as well.
 

About Jim Harrison

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Jim Harrison was born December 11, 1937 in Grayling, Mich. to Winfield and Norma Harrison. After receiving his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1960 and his M.A. from the same school in 1964, Harrison briefly taught English at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Legends of the Fall, written in 1979, was Harrison's first major work of fiction. Published as a set of three novellas, entitled Revenge, The Man Who Gave Up His Last Name, and Legends of the Fall, the trilogy explores the theme of revenge and the effect it has on all of those involved. In 1994, Harrison wrote the screenplay based on the novella Legends of the Fall for a feature film starring Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt. The epic western saga, told amidst the backdrop of World War I, details the lives of three brothers who are in love with the same woman. Another of Harrison's novels, Dalva, was adapted as a made-for-television movie featuring Rod Steiger and Farrah Fawcett in the lead roles. Besides writing numerous novels and screenplays, Harrison has contributed poems to numerous anthologies, and has also written stories, articles, reviews, and poems for various publications. Tom Pohrt is an illustrator of children's books well known for his work on Crow and Weasel.
 
Published October 30, 2000 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Author of novellas for adults, Harrison (Legends of the Fall) makes his children's book debut with a rambling, ponderous tale centering on seven-year-old Jimmy, a boy living in northern Michigan durin

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In other situations, Harrison skims the surface of even the most dramatic proceedings (such as the blinding of Jimmy's eye, hopping a freight train and exploring a haunted house), and Pohrt (Crow and Weasel), too, takes the most staid route, portraying mainly buildings or clusters of trees rather...

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