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Book Title: The Stranger|
The author of the book: Chris Van Allsburg
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Date of issue: October 28th 1986
ISBN 13: 9780395448274
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 15.12 MB
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The Stranger is a children's book in which a Farmer is driving down the road and hits something--a man in a leather suit. The Farmer brings the man back to his house, but when he does, strange things start happening. The identity of the man remains a mystery throughout the entire book, although hints are given, particularly through the illustrations. As the book progresses, the 'conflict' becomes the identity of the unknown man in the leather suit. It becomes the reader's responsibility to figure out--or infer--the identity of the man.
This children's book is an excellent way for students to practice working with inferences. I would use Kelly Gallagher's "'Why?' Activity" from Chapter 5: Inquire and Explore with this text. I would first ask students, after reading, to come up with possible explanations as to who the mystery man in the leather suit is. After writing their inferences on the board, I would ask them to choose one possible explanation and write about clues from the text that led them to that conclusion. Students will have to look back over the text and notice clues in the images as well as in the text itself. This strategy requires students to make an argument for the explanation they chose. More than just stating who they think the strange man is, students must inquire and explore reasons for their inference. As the main 'goal' of the book is to get the reader involved in guessing who the strange man is, this activity will give students the opportunity to make an inference based on support from the text itself.
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Read information about the authorChris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947.
Chris’s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk (and made the other products) they delivered it to homes all around Grand Rapids in yellow and blue trucks.
When Chris was born, his family lived in an old farm house next door to the large brick creamery building. It was a very old house that, like the little house in Virginia Lee Burton’s story, had once looked over farmland. But by 1949, the house was surrounded by buildings and other houses. Chris’s father ran the dairy with Chris’s three uncles after his grandfather Peter retired.
When Chris was three years old, his family moved to a new house at the edge of Grand Rapids that was part of a development; a kind of planned neighborhood, that was still being built.
There remained many open fields and streams and ponds where a boy could catch minnows and frogs, or see a firefly at night. It was about a mile and a half to Breton Downs School, which Chris walked to every day and attended until 6th grade, when the Van Allsburg family moved again.
The next house they lived in was an old brick Tudor Style house in East Grand Rapids. It was a street that looked like the street on the cover of The Polar Express. The houses were all set back the same distance from the street. Between the street and the sidewalk grew enormous Elm trees whose branches reached up and touched the branches of the trees on the other side of the street. Chris moved to this street with his mom, dad, sister, and two Siamese cats. One named Fafner and the other name Eloise.
Chris went to junior and senior high school in East Grand Rapids. He didn’t take art classes during this time. His interests and talents seemed to be more in the area of math and science.
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