The haymeadow

Author Paulsen, Gary.
Language English
Publisher
Alexandria VA: PBS Video, 1994




Annotation:

John is sent to the haymeadow alone to be a shepherd to six thousand sheep for the summer. Brian is flying to Canada to visit his father when the pilot of the small plane dies at the controls.



Subjects :

  • Fiction
  • Ranch life
  • Books and reading
  • Sheep
  • Self-reliance
  • Book talks
  • Survival (after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.)

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Booklist Book Review Stars, May 15, 1992 American Library Association
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1993 American Library Association
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss , 1995 Indiana Library Federation
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2001 American Library Association

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1993 Winner United States
  • Western Writers of America Spur Award, 1992 Winner United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Golden Sower Award, 1995; Nominee Nebraska
  • Lone Star Reading List, 1994-1995; Texas
  • Maine Student Book Award, 1993-1994; Nominee Maine
  • MRA Reader's Choice Award, 1997; Nominee Michigan
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1995; Nominee Illinois
  • South Carolina Junior Book Award, 1995; Nominee South Carolina
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1994-1995; Master List Kansas
  • Young Adult Reading Program, 1994; South Dakota
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 1996; Nominee Wyoming
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1995; Nominee Kentucky

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Reading Measurement Programs:


999999
Delacorte Press (New York N.Y.:) 1992.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Upper Grade
Book Level 5.4
Accelerated Reader Points 6


9780440409236, 0440409233
Dell (New York N.Y.:) 1994.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 1010
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 9

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Reviews :

Chris Sherman (Booklist, May 15, 1992 (Vol. 88, No. 18))
Here's another fine adventure from Paulsen, who deftly blends an action-packed plot and a likable character into an easy-to-read novel even reluctant readers are sure to enjoy. Fourteen-year-old John Barron must take 9,000 sheep up to the haymeadow, their summer pasture, where he's to guard them by himself for three months. Though John isn't sure he can handle the job, he feels he has no choice; his father, who made the trip at the age of 15, must remain in town, and the hired man must tend the rest of the ranch. John also knows that his great-grandfather was only 18 when he claimed the vast Barron spread. Never close to his private, uncommunicative father, John hopes to earn his dad's approval by doing the job well. The trip to the haymeadow is uneventful, but once there, John contends with a flash flood, coyotes, snake-bitten lambs, and a bear. After six weeks, he has learned much about survival, protecting the herd, and his own abilities. In a satisfying conclusion, his father arrives and decides to stay for the remaining weeks, closing the gap between father and son. Category: Middle Readers. 1992, Delacorte, $15. Gr. 6-9. Starred Review.
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
In this tale of survival, 14-year-old John Barron is responsible for guarding six thousand sheep for three months with the aid of two horses and four dogs. On the first day alone, he battles a rattlesnake, a skunk, a flash flood, and a ruined camp. In the course of his struggles, John gains an inner understanding of his heritage, the beauty of nature, his true self, and his father's love for him. 1992, Delacorte, $15.95 and $4.50. Ages 10 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1992)
A survival story in the manner of earlier Paulsen novels such as Hatchet (Bradbury, 1987) and Dogsong (Bradbury, 1985), The Haymeadow is set in a four-square mile valley high in the Wyoming mountains where the Barron's summer their herd of six thousand sheep. When the hired hand is unable to take the herd up as usual, fourteen-year-old John Barron is given the responsibility, with the help of two horses and four dogs. John can't comprehend how he will survive the summer alone with the animals in the isolated valley, and it soon seems that he is making more mistakes than he thought possible as he experiences river flooding and coyote attacks. In some ways, though, his physical isolation doesn't seem much different from what he feels at the ranch from his reticent father. While John discovers how to handle his responsibility with the herd, he also learns about his father during a late season visit. CCBC categories: Fiction For Teenagers. 1992, Delacorte, 195 pages, $15.00. Ages 12 and older.
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1992)
Left in a remote mountain pasture to care for 6000 sheep, a Wyoming rancher's 14-year-old son has a typical Paulsen series of adventures. Tink, loyal hand who usually watches the herd, is dying of cancer, and John's widowed dad is with him; the ranch's taciturn other hand helps get the sheep to the haymeadow and leaves John with little instruction. But the boy is capable and courageous; in just two days, he has to deal with a skunk, a rattlesnake, a wounded dog, a stampede, a flash flood, a pack of voracious coyotes, and an injury that nearly kills him; remarkably, be recovers with the loss of a few sheep and the labels off his canned goods--only to confront a vicious bear. After 47 days, his dad comes to report that Tink, miraculously, is recovering; he plans to leave next morning but--after the first real talk father and son have ever had--decides to stay on for the summer's last weeks. Good enough as an adventure; Paulsen's trademark run-on sentences keep it moving, and he certainly understands coping with the wild, though the perils here are so unbelievably many that they become laughable. Meanwhile, John's fixation on the self-reliant great-grandfather who founded the ranch is not well enough integrated with either the action or the present-day relationships to serve its ostensible purpose of motivating John's character and behavior. An entertaining yarn, but a minor literary effort. 1992, Delacorte, $15.00. © 1992 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
When John is 14, a shortage of hired hands compels him to spend the summer caring for several thousand sheep in a high-country meadow. Several days' ride from the ranch, John has only himself to rely on when disasters strike, and he learns that he is more resourceful and resilient than he'd guessed. The Newbery Honor-winning author writes with power and at times grace of the relationships between man and animal--whether examining John's custodianship of the sheep, his complex interdependence with his dogs and horses or his view of the creatures that prey on the flock. And, as in earlier novels, Paulsen describes taut scenes of physical drama and suspense. But the book's pacing is skewed--the first third is devoted to setting up the scene, after which the action is numbingly relentless--and a subplot concerning John's idealization of his great-grandfather and sudden intimacy with his father is forced and unconvincing. Ages 10-up. (June)
(PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
In this tale of survival, 14-year-old John Barron is responsible for guarding six thousand sheep for three months with the aid of two horses and four dogs. On the first day alone, he battles a rattlesnake, a skunk, a flash flood, and a ruined camp. In the course of his struggles, John gains an inner understanding of his heritage, the beauty of nature, his true self, and his father's love for him. 1992, Delacorte, $15.95 and $4.50. Ages 10 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Dell (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1994 c1992.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
PW praised the ``taut scenes of physical drama and suspense'' in the Newbery Honor author's tale of a boy who, on his own in a high-country meadow, cares for several thousand sheep one summer. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)
(PUBLISHER: Dell (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: 1994 c1992.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Alexandria VA: PBS Video, 1994

Media Type: Projected Medium
1 videocassette (15 min.):
(VT/F/Rea/v.13)
1088942687
9781088942680
May be downloaded locally from WNVT broadcast.
Based on the books by Gary Paulsen.
Analyzed series.
John Robbins.
Title from container.
New York N.Y.: Dell, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
195 p.:
([Fic])
0440409233
9780440409236
New York N.Y.: Bantam Audio, 1992

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
3 sound cassettes (211 min.):
RZA 2844
0553470779
9780553470772
An unabridged recording of the book.
In container (18 cm.).
New York N.Y.: Delacorte Press, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
195 p.:
PZ7.P2843 ([Fic])
0385306210
9780385306218

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