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Book Title: Old Ramon|
Date of issue: September 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780802774033
The author of the book: Jack Schaefer
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 868 KB
Edition: Walker Childrens
Read full description of the books Old Ramon:The story is very good, but I did not like reading the book. I found that there were several words that I did not understand which made it difficult.
This is a story about a young boy, Pedro, who is sent out into the desert with an old sheep herder named Old Ramon. Pedro's father thinks that it is very important for his son to learn about the family business from the ground up. As Pedro and Old Ramon spend time together tending the sheep, young Pedro learns a lot more from the old man about life, responsibility and becoming a man. For example, Pedro learns about the importance of keeping the sheep herded together. At one point in the story the some of the sheep wander off and one of Old Ramon's dogs finds the sheep, stays with them until help arrives. If the dog had not been there, the sheep could have been killed by wild wolves.
The book does not tell us exactly when and where the story takes place. After reading it, I imagine it is a story from a long time ago; perhaps 50 years ago. As I read the story, I picture it taking place in the desert in Mexico where there are many ranches similar to the one Pedro's father owns.
I would recommend this book to middle school students, they will find it easy to read, but in my opinion it is too difficult for elementary students.
Read information about the authorSchaefer was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of an attorney. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1929 with a major in English. He attended graduate school at Columbia University from 1929-30, but left without completing his Master of Arts degree. He then went to work for the United Press. In his long career as a journalist, he would hold editorial positions at many eastern publications.
Schaefer's first success as a novelist came in 1949 with his memorable novel Shane, set in Wyoming. Few realized that Schaefer himself had never been anywhere near the west. Nevertheless, he continued writing successful westerns, selling his home in Connecticut and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1955.
In 1975 Schaefer received the Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement award.
He died of heart failure in Santa Fe in 1991. Schaefer was married twice, his second wife moving to Santa Fe with him.
Schaefer's novel Monte Walsh was made into a movie in 1970, with Lee Marvin in the title role, and again in 2003 as a TV movie starring Tom Selleck. Shane was also made into a movie and a series.
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