The Winter Room

The Winter Room

by Gary Paulsen

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This Newbery Honor Book by master storyteller Gary Paulsen is now available in this After Words paperback edition! Following the turn of the seasons, eleven year old Eldon traces the daily routines of his life on a farm and his relationship with his older brother Wayne. During the winter, with little work to be done on the farm, Eldon and Wayne spend the quiet hours with their family, listening to their Uncle David's stories. But Eldon soon learns that, although he has lived on the same farm, in the same house with his uncle for eleven springs, summers, and winters, he hardly knows him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545748292
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/24/2014
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 439,037
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gary Paulsen has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is considered one of the most important writers for young adults today. Three of his novels — HATCHET, DOGSONG, and THE WINTER ROOM — were Newbery Honor books, and his works frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.
Mr. Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between their home in New Mexico, a boat in the Pacific, and adventures in the wilderness.

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Winter Room 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
atvracer24 More than 1 year ago
The novel The winter room, by : Gary Paulsen the book is about a boy and his life on the farm in Minnesota .It is a pretty good book it starts out slow and it get better every chapter I think. It is an ok book but it t seems like it's meant for young adults. The genre is young adult, Fiction. Eldon is 11 years old and lives in Minnesota and tells about what they do each season and getting ready for the next, like planting and harvesting season and a lot of other thing Eldon talks about. Uncle David is mostly the main character toward the end because in winter in the evening everyone would gather in the winter room and Uncle David would tell stories or tales around the fire.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I vividly remember my sixth grade teacher reading this out loud to my class over a series of winter afternoons. I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of my 5th grade students belong to the grade 5 book club. We just met on Friday to discuss the selection Almost all agreed they enjoyed the stories but had a difficult time with the first 40 or so pages. They didi not enjoy all of the description
weirdkid More than 1 year ago
I kind of liked this book but it is probably not one of Gary Paulsen's best books. It did not live up to my expectations. It didn't have much of a plot at all. Description and summary of main points The best parts of the story were mostly when Uncle David told his stories. But other than that the story was mostly a profile of Eldon's life. It goes through a year and a half of his life. But the whole year lead up to Uncle David's stories. Evaluation This book was pretty much a diary. But it was a ok book. the book doesn't get good until about ¾ of the way through. This book was disappointing because I was kind of expecting a book as good as Hachet. Conclusion My last thoughts on this book is that if you are a raging Gary Paulson reader get this book but if your not don't buy it. Your final review Finally this book is not a book it's a diary.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Winter Room is about growing up in the northern woods of Minnesota. THis book I liked because I could somewhat relate to it. I also enjoyed the book because it makes you feel like you are in the family with all of the graphic scenes. Gary does not leave out a single detail. I wish that something more emotional or shocking could have happened in the story, but that's really not what Paulsen's writings are for, he writes about all of his experiences and what he has gone through or witnessed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
gary paulsen yet agian wrote a good and exiting book. the winter room was first read by me about a year ago at the library. i started to read it and then i could not put it down! i stayed at the library all day to finish that book. it is a wonderfull story about stories told to kids who make them into much more!
SharineHodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This story was about an eleven-year old boy by the name of Eldon who discusses his life on a farm located in the rural areas of Minnesota. He lives with his brother Wayne, Uncle David, mom, dad, Nels, and the farm. This novel clarifies each of the seasons in sections: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Eldon seems to be fascinated about seasons as he discusses each season and the changes that come along with them from year to year. Eldon describes each season separately; the newness of spring, the sweat and labor of summer, necessary but painful killing in fall and the stories of winter. He talks about how each season brings its own nature, responsibities, hardtime and good times. He talks mostly about his relationship with his brother Wayne and his Uncle David who tells stories around winter time. His brother Wayne convinces Eldon that the stories that Uncle David tells are not real but merely fabricated ones. Uncle David takes a brief break from the story telling until he proves to them that his stories are quite real.Personal Reaction: I think this book was interestingly laid out in colorful sections. Each section brings an emotion alive that takes us to the specified season. I think children of all ages can benefit from this book and find it amazing. I especially likes how each of the seasons were laid out in sections an this would definitely give children a good idea that clarifies the differences between the seasons. Extensions:This book can be used in a lesson or unit about seasons. Students can be asked to draw the different seasons and write a brief description about each season to s how their understanding of each. Lead a discussion about life on a farm to see what children think about it then compare that of the story¿s to how life on a farm is today.
derock35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book is about a kid and his brother listening totheir grandpa's life storys
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While there is nothing exceptional about this 1990 Newbery honor book, I enjoyed it for the slow, easy pace. I liked the clear, crisp images of a time in rural Minnesota when life consisted of a family bound together by the joint efforts of farming.It was delightful and calming to read.
JeraSullivan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:Eleven-year old Eldon talks about his life on a farm in rural Minnesota. He talks about each of the seasons and how they change each year. He lives with his brother, mother, father, and 2 uncles. He talks mostly about his relationship with his brother Wayne and his Uncle David who tells stories.Personal Reaction: I expected a little more from this book but if was very slow paced. It has some good information about living on a farm back in the day and some good information about how different the seasons are on a farm. Classroom Extension Ideas:1. I could use this book with a lesson on seasons.2. I could use this book to compare living on a farm back in the day to present day.
Bobby3457 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book had interesting stuff to tell, but was not able deliver on parts of it. At first it is slow then it becomes more fastly paced. First it tells how the seasons are each different to Eldon and his older brother Wayne. Eldon is the main character in this book. After the book tells about each of the seasons Eldon's uncle, Uncle David tells them stories. At the end of the book Wayne convinces Eldon that the stories that Uncle David tells are fake and made up. There are no more stories for a while, but then Uncle David does something that proves them all wrong. I think that anyone that liked the book Hatchet also written by Gary Paulsen will like this book.
eputney87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary- Elodon and his brother Wayne live on their family farm together. Each of the seasons brings something new to their lives. Although winter is cold, it brings some of the most memorable days for these brothers as they sit around the fire and tell stories with their mom, dad and uncle. Strength- This book has a tremendous amount of gory details. Its greatest strength is its ability to grab the attention of reluctant readers through the detail of gruesome farm stories. Use with Children- This would be a great book to use with kids when talking about using all of your senses during the reading process. Students will be able to practice hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing and touching the scenes of the stories as Paulson brings the ideas to life.
bettybealis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿The Winter Room¿This book tells the story of life on a farm in Minnesota through the different seasons. The point of view is through the eyes of a young boy named Edon who lives on the farm. He lives with his brother, mother, father, and two elderly uncles that emigrated there from Norway. The first four chapters cover each season of the year and the last four covers stories that the Uncles tell around the fire in the winter. This is a great story to use in history class for how people lived on a farm in earlier times. One activity to do with this book is to compare life on a farm then to life on a farm now. You could also compare stories from your won living older relatives to the stories from the book. I rate this book with four stars, because it is a humorous read and moves fast. Each chapter could even stand alone if you wanted to split it up into several different readings.
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Eldon and his family live on a farm. In this book, he describes life on their farm and how it varies from season. He vividly describes the sights and sounds and smells of each season. When he gets to the restrictive winter, a time when everyone is, for the most part, indoors, he describes the farm life within the walls of his living room. Winter is the only time they really have the time to use this room,. Consequently, his family calls it the Winter Room. Within these four walls, they spend their winter, his father sculpting, his mother knitting, and Eldon and his brother watching the flames in the wood-burning stove, while his old uncle tells stories. This familiar pattern is repeated, until Uncle David tells a different story, a very important story. In this simple, little story, Paulsen vividly describes ordinary life on the farm with extraordinary descriptions and perception. The reader will feel as if she is on the farm, in the muddy spring dirt, in the heat of the summer's fertile fruitfulness, in the crisp and colorful autumn, and in the wood-burning heat of the living room during the cold and hostile winter. This story is both simple and profound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read for anyone near the middle school age. The book starts off slow and gets better the farther you read. I must say however that I thought that the ending would be more interesting then it was. A better ending could have been written, but it wasn't that bad.
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This book is REALLY good. It was so boring at the begining of the book but i forced myself to keep reading. I found out that i LOVED it!!!!!
This is the best book. I recomened this book to anyone who enjoys reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me this book was very uninteresting, and had really no point or plot. Although, it does have a newberry metal, so obviosly somone likes it. I am a very good and advanced reader, so trust me when I say READ SOMETHING ELSE (see suggestions below). No dout Paulson is a great writer, but this was not one of his greater books.