The Stranger

  • Title: The Stranger
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Publication year: 1986
  • Brief Summary: From Houghton Mifflin-“The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found this teacher’s guide to using The Stranger on Houghton Mifflin. I think this could be used in a English class to help children develop the use of context clues and how to decipher mysteries in text. Additionally, this could be used for young children while they are learning about the weather cycles.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – Like Allsburg’s other works, his illustrations say so much on their own. Such as the illustration where the Stranger holds the rabbit, and we see the other rabbit look back at him, as the text implicates. I also found the layout interesting, with one page with a paragraph of text and the opposite page an illustration.

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