My 9-year old daughter and I have been reading all three of the Brian stories. We started with The Hatchet, then Brian's Winter, and just finished The River. Taken together, the books make a complete story. Reading just The Hatchet, left us wanting the rest of the story.
The books had a good story line, lots of details, and no questionable language. There was enough yucky, gross stuff to please a kid without too much gore. The pilot's death was handled with sensitivity.
The animal encounters were at times funny and at times scary. A good mix for kids. The descriptions of Brian making and using tools was done with accuracy.
Overall, these books were great fun to listen to and discuss with a child. Both Richard Thomas and Peter Coyote did a nice job with the narrative. I thought that the music added some extra pizzaz to the story. Though at times, the score seemed to drown out some of the narrative.
Overall, this book and the other 2 books were well worth the time and money.
The encounter between the bear, skunk, and Brian.
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