The Little Woodchopper
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: The Little Woodchopper
Author: Mary M. Sherwood
Major Themes: Family Read-alouds, Christian Fiction, Christian Living
Synopsis: When he finds himself abandoned by his wicked older brothers in the deep forest, young William has only one direction to turn for help.
The Little Woodchopper is an old book. I have had my copy, which is a reprint of a much older edition, for some 35 years. My guess is that it was originally written sometime in the mid- to late-1800s; the style seems to be that of Sunday reading material from that era.
William was the youngest of six boys who, with their father, lived in a cabin in the forest. They made their living by chopping wood, and the older boys often poached deer. When the father was hurt, William was the only one who cared for him, so he was also the only one who heard what his father said about the Savior he had never thought about while he was healthy but Who he turned to when he could no longer take care of himself. Then, the father died—and what were five wicked, heartless young men going to do with a little brother who did not want to do the things they did?
Soon, William found himself abandoned deep in the forest. What could he do? Would he be able to survive on his own? He was overjoyed when his dog found him—and then he miraculously found his way to the one person on earth that he really wanted to be with. To learn the rest of this story, you’ll have to read it yourself.
As I mentioned above, The Little Woodchopper is written in an old style. It’s quite readable, although rather long-winded at times, but my children have seemed to enjoy it. It isn’t very long, which helps with that. After every half dozen or so paragraphs, there is a Scripture verse that relates to what that part of the story is about, so by reading this you’ll even get some Bible reading in. It is an inspirational story that will encourage young people to draw closer to God.