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Book Title: All Alone|
The author of the book: Claire Huchet Bishop
Date of issue: 1953
ISBN 13: 9780590457071
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Ten year-old Marcel Mabout is sent to pasture the family's three heifers on the Little Giant with a strict admonition. "Don't visit, keep to yourself, mind you own business, attend to your own cows and nothing else." Marcel doesn't understand but knows he cannot question his elders. The first night on the mountain, the silence is broken by the yodeling of Pierre Pascal who is spending the summer on the Big Giant with his four heifers. Marcel decides to yodel back. Each night, the boys talk to each other. They know it's forbidden but the comfort it brings them outweighs their fear of punishment. One afternoon, both boys fall asleep, and three of Pierre’s heifers wander over to Marcel's pasture. Marcel knows that he should follow his village creed and shoo them away. Then, he realizes that they will meet with mishap if he does so he decides to let them stay. Later, when Marcel leads the cows to drink, he finds Pierre frantically searching for them. As the boys leave to go back to their own pastures, a horrible storm breaks loose on the mountain top. During the events that follow, the boys learn a valuable lesson in cooperation. This book was published in 1953 and won a Newbery Honor award the next year. Despite it’s age, All Alone presents a timeless story. Bishop weaves tidbits of local culture and shepherding techniques with the high adventure of a terrible storm. She also tells how age-old traditions can change in the face of near disaster. I think the book would make for a great experience if a parent and child read it together. And, I just love the beautiful Guernsey (at least I think that’s the breed) cow on the cover!
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Read information about the authorClaire Huchet Bishop (1899 – 13 March 1993) was a children's novelist and librarian, winner of the Newbery Honor for Pancakes-Paris and All Alone, and the Josette Frank Award for Twenty and Ten. The Five Chinese Brothers won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959.
An American born in France or Geneva, Switzerland, Bishop attended the Sorbonne and started the first children's library in France. After moving to the United States, she worked for the New York City Public Library and was an apologist for Roman Catholicism and an opponent of antisemitism.
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