Incident at Hawk's Hill (2020)

Incident at Hawk's Hill Allan W. Eckert John Schoenherr Incident at Hawk s Hill Six year old Ben is very small for his age and gets along better with animals than people One June day in Ben wanders away from his home on Hawk s Hill and disappears into the waving prairie gr
  • Title: Incident at Hawk's Hill
  • Author: Allan W. Eckert John Schoenherr
  • ISBN: 9780316219051
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
Incident at Hawk's Hill Allan W. Eckert John Schoenherr Six year old Ben is very small for his age, and gets along better with animals than people One June day in 1870, Ben wanders away from his home on Hawk s Hill and disappears into the waving prairie grass This is the story of how a shy, lonely boy survives for months in the wilds and forges a bond with a female badger ALA Notable Book Newbery Honor Book.
Incident at Hawk's Hill Allan W. Eckert John Schoenherr

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  1. Corinne

    For me, this is the best book by Eckert He has not only captured the world as seen from the point of view of toddler Ben, but also from the point of view of the badger Being a biologist, he has made the scene involving the badger completely realistic in all details, including the emotions of the badger as reflected through her actions The interactions between Ben and the badger is appropriately progressive from the beginning, starting with a lack of trust to a growth of trust Both do the right t [...]

  2. The Shayne-Train

    The little one and I both highly enjoyed this story I had read it myself back when I was her age, and remembered only that I thought it was gnarly Leave me alone, man, it was the mid eighties It s a well written and excellently paced story of survival, acceptance, and perseverance And, now that I read it with adult eyes, it may be the first novel I d ever read that had an autistic protagonist.Did I cry at the end Maybe Hey, shut up, my daughter did, too.

  3. Debi

    My reading group just finished this book today It s high praise when a fifth grader hands you the book and says, Best book ever with eyes shining It s the possibly true story of a young boy who wanders away from home and bonds with a badger in the wild The author writes about the animals and humans in a very realistic way And the ending, while kind of manipulative, tugs at you even after you ve finished the book It will be on my class reading list every year.

  4. Zack

    This book is about a young boy who is able to copy animal sounds and then one day gets lost in the woods and it starts to storm so he seeks shelter in a badger hole then soon the badger comes back soon they develop a friendship that will be put to the test.I loved this book because every thing was described so well that you would think that you were there I learned that true long lasting friendship is a road with a lot of hardships and happiness.

  5. Jennifer

    We read this book as a class in 8th grade and I remember hating it I don t think I read it on my own, so either it was read during class, or I started to read it and gave up.I ve been completing a pre baby reading challenge and needed to read a book from my childhood, and a book I read in school This covers both of those categories I also wanted to revisit it to see why I hated it so much and to see if I could figure out why a teacher would include it in their lesson plans.After a second reading [...]

  6. Kris Irvin

    This is a great book Very detailed I may have learned than I ever wanted to know about badgers, but I did fall in love with little Ben and his adopted badger mom As a side note, it s very interesting to see the differences in children s literature since this book was published 1972 and now This book by today s standards would be very slow and boring, with not much action It s really too bad that our children are growing up on Captain Underpants instead of quality books like this one.

  7. Cliff Bathke

    1.Six year old Ben is very small for his age, and gets along better with animals than people One June day in 1870, Ben wanders away from his home on Hawk s Hill and disappears into the waving prairie grass This is the story of how a shy, lonely boy survives for months in the wilds and forges a bond with a female badger.2 This book would be a good read for 3rd 5th grade3 I would use this book when discussing wildlife or with a history lesson on life before the 1900 s.4 All students would benefit [...]

  8. Clackamas

    This might be the best book you never read Maybe you saw the movie during primary school Maybe someone read it to you when you were young and you have this vague recollection of a story about a little boy and a badger but you can t quite recallI originally read Incident at Hawk s Hill when I was eight and loved it It inspired my love of nature It s the first book that evoked emotion from me, anger, fear, grief, joy Of course, as a kid I believed that it was all true and hoped that I could live w [...]

  9. Alicia

    We picked this book because Joshua is writing his 3rd grade Mammal Report on badgers In this true story, a 6 year old boy wanders away from home and gets lost on the prairie in 1870 A mother badger who just lost her babies finds the boy and cares for him for 2 months until he is found We learned all we ever wanted to know about badgers and much Joshua was mesmerized by the story and all the details of nature Rachel liked the story line but wasn t as interested in all the badger details There is [...]

  10. Melody

    First re read of this since I was a kid I loved it with my whole heart then, and was relieved to find that I still love it.This story, allegedly based on a true incident, is about a boy who lives with a badger for a period of time The natural history details are glorious everything you ever wanted to know about badgers, their habits, their diets, and their vocalizations The story itself is good, though a touch on the melodramatic side.Recommended for natural history people and animal lovers with [...]

  11. Susan Katz

    This book brought to mind Walt Whitman s Sometimes I think I could turn and live with animals It s lovely to know that the story s based on a true incident of a badger caring for a boy Here the author develops that intriguing germ of an idea into a book that also speaks about acceptance and understanding of those who don t conform to expected norms and about the power of love to bridge distances and bring healing to a troubled family Especially recommended for animal and nature lovers.

  12. Phoebe

    Sometimes you just wanna live with badgers Read this as a child Can t remember much, other than wanting to hang out with badgers Little me couldn t get enough of these types of books.

  13. Noah V.

    Book was incrediblehighly recommend Left me hanging at the end which was really tough to sleep after reading this.

  14. Mazzou B

    I can t believe I only just now read this book Growing up, I loved reading stories about nature especially if it was a true tale This one is fascinating The writing quality is excellent There are a few incidents where God s name is taken in vain No other swear words I recommend this book for lovers of nature and young readers studying animals There is a detailed introduction to badgers in this book

  15. Meepspeeps

    I loved this book, even the grisly fight scenes which usually repulse me The author s descriptions, especially of the natural world, are so detailed and fascinating that I felt like I was there There is enough suspense for those who like action Due to violence, I recommend it to high school and adults only After I wrote this I found out this book was originally published as an adult novel and that later it became the basis for a Disney TV movie.

  16. Laurie

    You ve got to be a nature lover to enjoy this rather eccentric tale of a boy adopted by a badger The story takes place in Canada and is full of rich descriptions of the landscape, flora and fauna The novel starts off rather slow but becomes quite intriguing at the end This novel might appeal to, mostly, boys that identify with being different.

  17. Aurélie

    J ai trouv l intrigue sympa, d autant qu elle s inspire d une histoire vraie En revanche, je ne recommanderais pas ce livre des enfants de 8 ans, il y a beaucoup trop de passages violents.

  18. Dawn

    Worldview Universally AcceptableAgeRead Aloud 6 yrs Independent Reader 9 yrs Setting Location Winnipeg, Red River, ManitobaTime Period 1870Review This is an uplifting, touching story about a small boy who becomes lost in the prairies near Winnipeg He has a natural affinity to animals and survives two months alone through his friendship with a badger There is a wealth of naturalistic information presented in this book The habits of badgers and beautiful descriptions of the prairies are included A [...]

  19. Ealaniz

    The youngest of four, Ben MacDonald is the strangest compared to his older brother and sisters Ben s father, William MacDonald wonders why his own son runs away from him He wonders and asks his wife Ester, and she says that Ben needs attention The MacDonald family has the worst neighbor, George Burton The family thinks he is strange but in a bad way He has a dog Lobo who follows him George Burton is a trapper, he traps animals in a very cruel way, and he lets them suffer One day Ben goes out on [...]

  20. Abigail

    This book was well written and I got caught up in the story It made me interested in badger behavior, although it did have some sad moments All in all, an enjoyable read.

  21. Linda

    As a book on naturalism and human nature, this offers a good solid read The life of birds, bugs, and badgers makes for fascinating plot and themes The villain is quite blustering but cowardly There are touching family scenes of a distant father clumsily attempting to close the gap between himself and his animal centric son, and a mother tries to tell her husband why it s important to love and understand the boy rather than shout at him I do wish that the only church scene didn t feature small to [...]

  22. jimtown

    This 1972 Newberry Award winner is based on a true story that was to have taken place in 1870 The McDonald s live at Hawk s Hill, remote and rugged country The youngest member of the family, Ben is a lover of animals and nature He doesn t speak much but he can mimic the sound of most any bird or beast Ben, at six, is small for his age, he hasn t started school yet and his father has little time for his nonsense.His mother says Ben will come around, it s just going to take some patience They pret [...]

  23. EOL Juv Staff

    Although this book received a Newbery Honor when it was published, you probably haven t heard of it The cover most likely won t convince you to pick it up Even the introduction might persuade you that it s too slow to finish But once you ve gotten into the story, you may have a hard time putting it down until you ve blown all the way through the last page.Ben is a boy who doesn t do well with people This worries his family, especially his father, who simply cannot understand why his youngest son [...]

  24. Nerine Dorman

    Okay, this is one of the few books that had me sniveling in public, but then I m a bit of a sucker when it comes to any animal stories Eckert is a keen observer of the natural world and if you are looking to be immersed in the setting, look no further than this author s writing About the only aspect of the novel I didn t like was the obvious stereotyping when it comes to the antagonist, the evil man naturally being tall, dark and dirty.There s an interesting story attached to this novel My mom w [...]

  25. Jill

    Man, this is the third book I ve read recently in which part of the novel takes place underground What s with that I m starting to feel claustrophobic Now I m not usually a fan of animal stories, but this was convincingly told Who knew a story about a boy and a badger could be so gripping Surprise, I enjoyed it Spoiler alert the quote below hints at the ending Stop reading here if you haven t finished the book Ben s lover lip trembled but he said nothing and MacDonald squeezed his shoulder, wish [...]

  26. JoDean

    What a marvelous story about the connection man can have with animals Six year old Ben is lost in the Canadian grasslands and is taken care of by a badger She doesn t just take care of Ben, Ben cares for her in crucial ways.Ben has a gift for ultra keen observation and mimicry of animals He is a little different His mom totally accepts him and tries to get dad to understand personal timing Ben will be OK on his time.In the end, we have a great survival story, a family healed and a message that G [...]

  27. Angela Blount

    I read the book at about the age of 13, and I wouldn t recommend it for kids under 12 unless they have a advanced vocabulary It did leave a lasting impression, to be sure I enjoyed things about the wilderness, animals, and survival The base relationships in it both fascinated and uplifted me The ending was even satisfying, which isn t something I could say about many of the required reading books Although, I do sympathize with those who were forced to read this or any book I just happened to fi [...]

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