About The Book
Jim Harrison is best known for his novels about poetry that speak wisdom and illuminate the soul. The Boy Who Ran to the Woods is a wonderfully told children’s story that recounts a childhood tragedy that ends in redemption.
Jimmy is a young boy who suffers a tragic eye injury and must learn life’s many meanings through adversity. Through Jimmy’s discovery of nature—animals, birds, and the lovely woods he is able to overcome the intense hardship and suffering and live a happier and more fulfilled childhood.
Beautifully written with Harrison’s quintessential style of writing about the natural world, combined with the unique and exquisite illustration of Tom Pohrt, a renowned illustrator, the book will delight children of all ages and will appeal to all the devoted fans of Harrison’s literature and poetry as well.
“Harrison is a master at describing the natural world, and Pohrt’s illustrations are gently evocative of the northern Michigan landscape.” —San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle Book Review
“A touching, sad and, in the end, warming story with fitting illustrations by Tom Pohrt.” —Richard Kilgore, Dallas Morning News
“Never sappy or judgmental, Harrison’s personal story shows the boy achieving salvation through the beauties of the natural world. Tom Pohrt draws wonderful, authentic trees and birds that enhance the tale.” —Austin American-Statesman
“Beautifully written and illustrated, [The Boy Who Ran to the Woods] will appeal most to children of age seven—the age of the central character—and older.” —Santa Fe New Mexican
“A quiet, thoughtful, strangely autobiographical tale . . . It is a touching story, and Tom Pohrt’s illustrations evoke the mysteries of a north woods childhood.” —Tim McNulty, The Seattle Times
“Enthralling. . . . Ranks among [Harrison’s] most eloquent work. Pohrt’s carefully detailed, woodsy palette features white pines, herons, loons, turtles, ravens, and other wild life, and captures the mood throughout.” —Vicki Diaz, Livonia Observer