The Avion My Uncle Flew

The Avion My Uncle Flew Johnny Littlehorn kicked like a steer when his parents told him he d spend the summer in a dull little French town instead of on their Wyoming ranch What a way to spend a summer Johnny thought disgus

  • Title: The Avion My Uncle Flew
  • Author: Cyrus Fisher Richard Floethe Darwin L. Teilhet
  • ISBN: 9780802776938
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • Johnny Littlehorn kicked like a steer when his parents told him he d spend the summer in a dull little French town instead of on their Wyoming ranch What a way to spend a summer, Johnny thought disgustedy That was before he discovered a pistol hidden in a loaf of bread and got on the trail of a fugitive Nazi spy and a stolen fortune

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    1. As read from OpenLibrary, I found this surprisingly charming.It's mostly about the boy, John (Jean when he's in France) as he faces the challenges of growing from a pampered boy to a stronger and wiser young man. He's sort of forced to 'man up' in just a few weeks, as he's left to live with his 'oncle' in a poor village where there are almost no speakers of English, while still recovering from a badly broken leg, without his parents. and then a thrilling adventure on top of it all!But the 'Germa [...]

    2. I shall relay a short story to anyone who cares:It was in my 5th grade SRA reading class (circa 1971) that I met this wonderful story.At the time, however, I was pissed. I had finished whatever book I had read, taken the quiz and was ready to move upto the Brown Section - WHICH, LIKE A ONE TIME WONDER SAVANT, I HAPPEN TO RECALL.The book that everyone had been raving about was checked out, so I dejectedly picked out anotherD SO A PATH WAS FORGED IN MY LIFE- the road less traveled.Honestly, I reca [...]

    3. What a delightful way to learn French! To his dismay, 13-year-old John is sent to the small French village of St. Chamant for the summer with his French uncle, his mother's brother, while his parents are in England. The year is 1946. John, or Jean as he learns he is now to be known, understands no French and has no interest in learning at first, but slowly, almost effortlessly, he begins to pick it up, especially when he makes friends with twins about his age. While his uncle works on building a [...]

    4. I liked this quite a bit. A young boy, John (Jean in France) has injured his leg and is afraid to use it. His mother and father must travel to England and he is to spend a couple of months in France with his uncle. He does not want to go. To help motivate him, his parents promise to buy him a bike with high gears, low gears and medium gears if he can walk two miles by the end of his time in France and to buy him an electric dynamo if he can write his mom a letter in French. Life in France is pre [...]

    5. I would give this 5 stars if it weren't for the few negative stereotypes reinforced. Given when it was written, I expected these. It's a wonderful story of post war (WWII) France. It includes enough mystery to appeal to adults and enough child adventures and teen thinking to enjoy perhaps as young as 6 or 7. It includes a rudimentary lesson in the French language.

    6. It was a pretty good story about catching and dealing with Nazis and collaborators after World War II in France. It started 0ut teaching the narrator as well as the reader some French words. Then it seemed to add some French vocabulary that hadn't been explained, and it tended to be confusing.

    7. John Littlehorn, the youthful narrator of this story, is a fine example of a character who grows through his experiences. He becomes a little more admirable as he learns to enjoy himself and to act like less of a spoiled child. And though his attitude toward foreign languages and customs, especially those of his mother's native France, is depicted with a lightly satirical touch, he also learns to love France, and to speak French in a "see Spot run," boy's-first-reader sort of way. The cleverest [...]

    8. STALKED--IN PARIS AND IN THE MOUNTAINS! Don't be surprised if you can read a little French by the time you finish this delightful spy-adventure! This tale is cute and clever with much tongue-in-cheek humor from a boy's standpoint. We meet 12-year-old Johnny Littlehorn of Wyoming, who starts off as a spoiled baby, but who thankfully matures to become a local hero! Since his father is still serving in the Army just after WW2, John injures his leg while trying to be the man about the ranch. He fear [...]

    9. I thought that this was a good and interesting and exciting book. A boy from Wyoming goes, against his will, to live with his uncle for a summer in a little French village within a year after WWII was finished. The book was written in 1946, so it was contemporary which is also interesting because it's interesting to see how people thought of post-war Europe at that time. Anyway, the boy gets involved accidentally in some exciting schemes involving some Nazis and their collaborators, still hiding [...]

    10. First of all, the edition information is incorrect.But aside from that, I shall relay a short story to anyone who cares:It was in my 5th grade SRA reading class (circa 1971) that I met this wonderful story.At the time, however, I was pissed. I had finished whatever book I had read, taken the quiz and was ready to move upto the Brown Section - WHICH, LIKE A ONE TIME WONDER SAVANT, I HAPPEN TO RECALL.The book that everyone had been raving about was checked out, so I dejectedly picked out anotherD [...]

    11. gr 4+1946 St Chamant, France 12 year old Johnny Littlehorn can't believe his parents are sending him to spend the summer in a tiny little French village to live with an uncle he's never met. World War II has recently ended and all Johnny wants to do is be at his family's ranch. He is sure that he will be completely bored since he doesn't even speak any French! As his uncle teaches him French and Johnny becomes interested in the airplane/avion his uncle is building, Johnny discovers that village [...]

    12. Although this is a children's book, it has a very interesting concept.The book is about a young American boy, who travels to France to stay with his uncle in a small town. It is post-world war II. As he explores the town and make new friends, he comes to realize that there is a Nazi spy hiding in the town, who also seems to hold a personal vendetta against him.It depicts the thought process of a stubborn young boy who transforms in to a completely different personality as the town challenges him [...]

    13. gr 4+1946 St Chamant, France 12 year old Johnny Littlehorn can't believe his parents are sending him to spend the summer in a tiny little French village to live with an uncle he's never met. World War II has recently ended and all Johnny wants to do is be at his family's ranch. He is sure that he will be completely bored since he doesn't even speak any French! As his uncle teaches him French and Johnny becomes interested in the airplane/avion his uncle is building, Johnny discovers that village [...]

    14. Very fun read-aloud for someone who is studying French. Just after World War 2, a boy spends the summer with his uncle in a small French village. He learns French words one by one (and continues using them as he tells this story), so by the end of the book, we can read and understand three full pages of French! I read this to 11-year-old Josh and he wasn't as excited about the French words (or hearing me practice pronouncing them repeatedly) but he loved the suspenseful parts about the boy disco [...]

    15. I was given this book by a friend who recommended it. I thought it was okay. The story starts out in English but over the story the character is constantly introduced to more French vocabulary which climaxes in the last few pages being entirely French.It's a children's book. The language is simple, especially the French that the main characters, even the adults, say. So, it was not engaging on that level. However, for a children's book, I did think the plot was fair. It's similar to a book I'd w [...]

    16. I read this book way back in fifth or sixth grade. It was very charming, and I fell in love with the story about John and the adventures he had while staying with his uncle, or 'oncle' in French, in the village of St. Charmant for the summer. I enjoyed learning French at the same time as reading it, and was the main reason why I chose to learn French for my foreign language in eighth grade rather than Spanish or German, since I wanted to learn how to actually pronounce all those words in the boo [...]

    17. This is another book that I got from a book order 21 years ago but didn't read. And now I have. A Newberry Honor Book written in 1946, this book has a few things going for it: adventure in postwar France written when the war was still so fresh in everyone's minds (and yet not as understood through the lens of history), mini French lessons in each chapter, and few moments of beautiful imagery. None of those things would have appealed to me if I had read it as a 9 year old.

    18. I saw this book mentioned somewhere because of its gentle introduction to French. It did provide that and also an excellent growing-up story set in post-war France. The last few pages are written in French and give the reader a chance to practice the French that has been gradually introduced to them in the story. It was suspenseful and heart-warming, A true adventure book and as the photo below shows, the book won a Newberry Honor award in 1947.

    19. A charming story about a 13-year-old boy who has to accompany his parents to France in the aftermath of WWII, and goes there kicking and screaming (quite literally) - but later gets swept up in a series of quite exciting adventures that keep him thoroughly occupied - including the adventure of mastering the French language!I don't know how Fisher manages to do it but there are both truly sinister parts to the book as well as funny scenes, which made me laugh out loud.

    20. An exciting way to expose your young reader to French language. The reader picks up French through a young American boy's adventure with his uncle in rural post WWII France, and by the end, the reluctant protagonist and the reader have learned enough French to read several pages of the boy's story written in French.

    21. I read this book when I was a kid and remember loving it. For some reason I was reminded of it recently so decided to reminisce. As charming and fun as I remembered! Not quite as much French as I thought (in my memory the book slowly transitioned until it was completely in French, which was not how it went at all) but still a pretty cool way to teach some basic of the language.

    22. A very clever book! The main character gradually learns French throughout the book (and shares what he learns with the reader) and finally writes a simple story in French. Reading and understanding the last few pages, in a language I knew very little of before I started the book, was very cool, even if the language used is very simple. A children's book I would definitely recommend.

    23. Post-WWII mystery set in rural France. An American boy with a hurt leg spends time in a small village with his Uncle, whose dream is to build and fly an airplane. The book is cleverly written, with French words inserted and explained, that by the end the reader can read very basic French

    24. A great story about a little boy who learns to walk, speak French and catch German spies all in one summer! What I loved about this story is that it gradually taught French vocabulary to the reader as well as to Jean Littlehorn.

    25. I so enjoyed this book! Sometimes the narrator is a little clueless, just like any 13-year-old boy, but it was a fun read.See my review at eatreadandbemommy/2014

    26. This is a perfect read for anyone who is tackling the French language. At first, a few well-known French words (merci, bonjour) are mixed in with the English, but as Johnny learns the language, so too does the reader. (I should add that I enjoyed the story.)

    27. They say you can't outgrow a good children's book and I found that to be ture in this case. This was recommended as a good read for beginning french students and that's certainly true but I found myself enjoying the story as well. I'll be saving this to read to the kids in a few years.

    28. I understand that it was the author's clever way to teach the reader French but I felt it distracted from the story to have to repeat certain words and phrases along with their meaning. Also, I got kind of bored while reading it.

    29. Recommended by a friend on a camping trip, and a delightful light read. In short, it's a book that introduces a small set of French words and concepts, building towards a few pages in French only by the end. Got me in the mood for some more French reading - recommendations welcome!

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