The Wild Boy

Written and Illustrated by Mordecai Gerstein

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Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998

This is a true story of the boy known as the Wild Boy of Aveyron.  This boy lived in the woods and was never, so far as anyone knows, around human contact.  He lived in the woods, naked, and managed to stay alive all his young life until he was found by some hunters.  He was taken and examined, scrutinized, and studied like an animal, and people even tried to teach him how to speak.  However, he was very limited in what he would acquire during his life.  One particular doctor took him in and cared for him, and taught him about love.  He never spoke, and he never quite lost his wildness.  A tragic and sweet story.  

Great book to share in sociology and psychology classes when talking about human development.  The Wild Boy mystified so many and stumped even more.

Awards: Booklist Editor’s Choice; School Library Journal’s Best Book of the Year; New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.  

Accessed: Augusta County Library

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