Sam spends an entire year living off the land in the Catskill Mountains. He learns courage and independence, survival skills and lessons on friendship and family. This book is his journal of that year.
Positives: While it was not a favorite story of mine, the book is well written and entertaining. I think it will appeal to many young boys.
Negatives: If you can dismiss the fact that Sam's family allows him to run away and live in the mountains and doesn't try to go see him for many months, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Talking Points: God is the Creator and Sustainer of all the earth and the Provider of all our needs. These Scriptures may be especially helpful - Gen. 1, Psalm 8, Col. 1:15-17, Matt. 6:25-31, Job 38-39.
Age Level: 10 and up