The Stranger

By Chris van Allsburg

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1986

One day, as summer was nearing fall, a farmer accidentally hit a man with his car.  It was soon clear that the man couldn’t speak, and so the farmer briought the man home with him to burse him to health.  In spite of this, the man still did not speak; the family got used to having him around, and he stayed for weeks.  A strange thing happened at the farm.  As the rest of the area turned to autumn, the trees at the farm stayed green.  The stranger realized that somehow he was responsible, and sadly dressed to leave.  He was never seen again.  However, every autumn, the trees at the farm stay green, and then turn orange overnight.  

Great for use with 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, which has to address the concept of inference and making conclusions based on clues in a piece of work.

Accessed: Augusta County LIbrary


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