- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (21 March 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330340700
- ISBN-13: 978-0330340700
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.4 x 11 cm
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The Walking Stick Paperback – 21 Mar 1997
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These generous people take a starving deer into their lives and provide it with food through a very rough winter and the results? They are rewarded back three fold with not only a beautiful loyal friendly buck who recovers 100% but also he in return touches their lives with his entire family who they are able to watch feed and love and learn so much from. My neighbor feeds our deer also so for her birthday I bought her a copy of this book. I also have ordered the authors other 3 books that go with this one.
The reader will know what it is like to live in 30 degree below zero winters on the border lake between the U.S. and Canada and the struggle of wildlife to survive in such severe conditions. The reader will know what it is like when outlaw hunters gun tame deer and bear down for sport, leaving the humans who loved them in despair. And the reader will know what it is like for the animals to live in constant fear of and alert for predators and, as the deers age, to become more prone to know defeat.
But above all, one has the marvelous experience of getting to know Peter, Mama, a wonderful black bear whose life is cut very short by man, and a host of our forest friends.
Helen Hoover, as one reviewer points out, was a woman who was developed on the right and the left side of her brain. A superb intellect was accompanied by a magnanimous heart, by deep feminine feeling values, intuitive grace, and the courage at times to bear the almost unendurable. Her husband was a marvel too. Devoted and dedicated, and very kind. His illustrations are terrific and really capture the mystery and sternness and wonder of the setting and its inhabitants. That they picked up from city life and faced their almost impossible dream successfully is awesome.
As for Ms. Hoover's prose, she was a highly gifted writer but, more than that, at times she reaches the heighth (or perhaps I should say depth) of genuine and beautiful poetic prose. I believe, had she had a bent to do so, she could have been as well a highly accomplished poet.
This book is a great adventure story. It is Ms. Hoover's gift to humanity.
Hoover's detailed observations of the deer reveal their individual characteristics, quirks, and mannerisms. From gentle, generous Peter to fiercely maternal and shy Mama, greedy and undisciplined Pig, beautiful Pretty, mousey Fuzzy, and a host of other deer, Hoover's descriptions delight and educate in a fascinating and wimsical way.
The end of this book is bittersweet and poignant. Hoover strikes a good balance between how nature takes it's course, and how man often interferes - with sad consequences.
I can truely say I loved this book and the observations Hoover offered. This is a keeper on my bookshelf.