Such a great story about a family from Ireland and the trials and tribulations they have gone through trying to find a space of their own in the beautiful wilderness among the Redwoods. Strong family bond, love of nature and exploring, and bravery when dealing with living in the wild.
My son and I both really loved this book. It went perfect with a unit on trees we were doing and the story was very engaging. My son related to the boy Mike and would talk about if he grew up in those times, he would be like Mike.
I enjoyed this book as much as my kids! A great read aloud that will inspire the explorers heart in any who read it.
This book was a wonderful supplement while we were studying the history of the 1800s. It takes place in California near where we live, which added to the fun. I found it interesting, even as an adult. I really liked its message of how satisfying it can be to feel useful for your family. I think kids can find Mike’s hopes and fears to be relatable.
I read this aloud to my kids 7, 9, and 11. They all loved it and wished the story went on! It reminded me of the Little House books only the main character is a boy. I loved what Ma taught Mike, “A person is brave because he does what he should, even when he is scared.” Great book! Would definitely recommend it.
Set in California in the 1870s, this story follows Mike O’Grady and his family as they leave their potato farm to settle in the redwood forest. Ten-year-old Mike is sad to leave his family’s farm, but he soon finds his new home exciting and discovers a love of nature and of drawing. From being threatened by a wounded grizzly bear to discovering waterfalls, Mike’s adventures combine in a fun, wholesome book packed with good messages.
This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 3 course.
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