Title Wild Winter. Illustrated by Victor Mays.
Publisher Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1954.
Seller ID 5133fdr
Octavo, black illustrated cloth (hardcover), illustrated endpapers, uncut, 174 pp. Illustrations throughout. Very Good, with speckling to edges; in a Good, mylar protected dust jacket with edgewear that includes light chipping. From dust jacket: On the warm, bright May morning when his mother left Willowdale, Callon scarecely thought of the months ahead. The spring was beautiful in Alberta, and the prospect of living alone in his small shack at the edge of the spruce forest excited him. At last he would be independent, free to write undistrurbed. His parents expected him to join them in the city after his last two months of school, but he was sixteen, and he knew what he wanted to do. What he did not know was how long and relentless the winter could be; how fierce a struggle it would be simply to stay alive in a cabin unheated except for a wood stove through days and nights of weather forty degrees below zero. But Callon was as resourceful as he was stubborn. When his money was gone -- and his stories continued to come back to him rejected -- he lived off the wild berries and mushrooms of the forest and the game he could shoot with his sling shot. He hoped to earn money from the pelts of the muskrate, ermine and beaver he trapped, but this, too, was more difficult than he'd thought, and the agony and suffering which he caused these animals became a nightmare to him. This is a hard story, and one which could only have been written from Kerry Wood's own experiece. It carries the conviction and the reward of an incredible human struggle, and it is told so vividly that the reader too must live through that winter to share with Callon his eventual triumph. Victor Mays' stark and powerful scratchboard illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the text.