Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner is a beautiful story about a courageous ten year old
boy, Willy. Willy set out to win the dogsled race against the undefeated Stone Fox.
Willlie was determined to win the prize money of five hundred dollars so Grandfather could
pay his taxes and keep the farm. Out of all the obstacles Willy encountered during the
race, none was as heartbreaking as the death of his best friend, his dog, Searchlight.
There was not a dry eye in Room 303 as we listened to the
chapter of Searchlights death. My class was just as sad when the book ended. So we
decided to continue the story for one more chapter. The students worked cooperatively with
a partner and wrote an additional chapter along with illustrating their chapter together.
I hope you enjoy reading our stories as much as we enjoyed writing them.
Little Willy went to
Clifford Snyders to pay his grandfathers tax bill. Little Willy went to his
grandfathers house and told Grandfather that the taxes on the house were paid.
Little Willy went for a walk and ended up
at an abandoned farmhouse. He went inside the house and there he saw Stone Fox. Stone Fox
asked Little Willy if he would like to have one of his very own dogs, his Samoyeds.
Little Willy was so excited that Stone
Fox offered him one of his dogs. Litle Willy decided to take the dog that reminded him of
Searchlight. Little Willy named the dog Diamond.
Little Willy took Diamond back to
Grandfathers house. Grandfather was very happy for Little Willy. Little Willy took
Diamond outside and hooked him up to the dogsled.
Little Willy and Grandfather climbed onto
the sled. Diamond took off for Doc Smiths house. When they got to Doc Smiths
house, they all went inside for some apple crisp pie. They were all talking about the next
by John C. and David T.
After Little Willy and
Searchlight crossed the finish line, they found out that Searchlight was still breathing.
So they went to Doc Smiths house for medicine.
Doc Smith and Little Willly brought
Searchlight to Grandfathers house. When they got there they put Searchlight in his
bed. Then they went upstairs to Grandfathers room. When they got there they saw
Why are you crying,
Grandfather? asked Willy.
I am so happy that Searchlight is
alive, said Grandfather.
Grandfather invited Doc Smith, Mayor
Smiley, Dusty, Lester, Clifford Snyder, Mrs. Williamson and even Stone Fox for a party to
celebrate that Searchlight was still alive. Stone Fox and Little Willy became friends and
always helped each other.
by Vanessa J. and Kristina S.
Little Willy became very
good friends with Stone Fox. Little Willy won five hundred dollars. He kept the farm.
Grandfather became better because he paid the taxes.
One day there was a knock on the door.
Little Willy answered the door. It was Stone Fox. He had a black puppy like Searchlight.
When Little Willy saw the puppy in Stone
Foxs hand he fell in love with the puppy. Grandfather was also surprised to see the
puppy. The all went outside to play with the puppy. They named the puppy Searchlight
because he was cuddly just like the Searchlight who died. Stone Fox and Willy became good
friends. They went over each others houses often.
A year after the race where Searchlight
died, Doc Smith called Grandfathers house to let them know that there was going to
be another dogsled race. Little Willy got on the phone to speak to Doc Smith. He said,
No way. I am not going to do that anymore. I dont want to take any chances
with my new dog. The dog got bigger and bigger and Little Willy loved him more each
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Once Little Willy passed
the finish line, Stone Fox walked back to the sled and put his rifle away. He passsed the
finish line to come in second place. So then Stone Fox let the other racers pass the
After the race, Little Willy went to
school. When he got home he saw somebody taking the money he won in the race to pay the
taxes. So he went inside to stop that person and then he saw it was just Grandfather.
What are you going to do with the
money, Grandfather? asked Willy.
I am getting fifty dollars for the
The re-match? exclaimed
Yes, the re-match, said
Grandfather. It is between the first and second place winners.
But Searchlight died. said
I have a surprise for you,
Willy, said Grandfather. Grandfather showed Little Willy a dog.
His name is Speedy, said
Grandfather. He is very fast.
It was the day of the re-match and
everyone was there. The race began and Little Willy and Stone Fox stayed neck and neck
until they could see the finish line.
Go Speedy! exclained Littly
Willy. Then it felt like he was flying.
Little Willy saw Stone Fox
was right on his tail. Then they passed Grandfathers house. So Speedy started to go
faster. Then Stone Fox passed Little Willy and they started to go back and forth. Then
Little Willy came in first place and got five hundred dollars and Stone Fox got three
by Derek K. and Nicholas V.
Little Willy crossed th
finish line with Searchlight in his arms. He won five hundred dollars. The he carried
When Little Willy got home he told
Grandfather put down his oatmeal and went with Willy. They went back to bury Searchlight.
Then they said some prayers. Willy went over to the grave and put the sled on it and
carved, Good Racer on the gravestone. Little Willy got everyone to come to
Searchlights grave to say a prayer. It was a very sad moment for Willy.
After half an hour it was over. Everyone
was gone but Willy. He missed Searchlight a lot.
by Ryan E. and Thomas C.
After what happened,
Stone Fox felt sorry for Little Willy because he knew what it felt to loose a dog. Then
Stone Fox decided to give Little Willy one of his best dogs. Little Willy thought about
having another dog. Little Willy decided to take the dog because it was so friendly. He
called the dog Lucky.
Little Willy went home to show
Grandfather the dog. Then Little Willy trained the dog and Lucky became Little
Willys friend. Lucky acted a lot like Searchlight. Whenever Little Willy looked at
Lucky she reminded Little Willy of Searchlight.
One day Little Willy was teaching Lucky
tricks outside and Lucky got lost. Little Willy tried to find Lucky but her couldnt
find her. Then four days later Little Willy saw Lucky standing by the door. Little Willy
saw a note from Stone Fox by Lucky. It said, Dear Willy, I found your dog. She was
visiting me. Sincerely, Stone Fox.
One day Little Willy and Lucky visited
Stone Fox. Stone Fox was happy that Little Willy and Lucky came to visit and the dogs were
happy to see Little Willy.
Grandfather was feeling much better as
time went on. Every day they visited Searchlights grave. One day they put a note by
Searchlights grave and it said. Dear Searchlight, I wish I could see you one
more time. Stone Fox gave me a nice dog just like you.. Its name is Lucky. You would
like her a lot. I miss you. Sincerely, Little Willy.
by Lorraine M. and Jackie M.
After Little Willy paid
the money to Clifford Sneider, his grandfather felt better. Then they went to buy a new
dog after Searchlight died. They named him Lucky. Lucky was just the same as Searchlight.
They grew a new potato farm for the summer time. Next year the race will be only twenty
dollars to enter. The prize money will be one thousand dollars. They decided to enter the
It was the day before the race and
Litttle Willy was sleeping. Little Willy woke up late for the race. He was lucky because
he was almost late. Stone Fox did not show up at first. Stone Fox got there twenty minutes
late and caught up. Stone Fox was behind Little Willy at first. He gained speed and caught
up to Little Willy. Someone crashed into Stone Fox so Little Willy won the race. Five
minutes later Little Willy got one thousand dollars.
by Max M. and Dominick G.
When Little Willy passed
the finish line the judges gave him the five hundred dollars for winning the dogsled race.
When he went home he told Grandpa he won the money and Grandpa was happy. Then Little
Willy told Grandpa that Searchlight died and Grandpa was sad. Then Little Willy and
Grandpa went to Clifford Snyder, the tax man, to pay the bill. When they finally paid the
bill Grandpa felt much better.
When they got home there was no more snow
falling so they had a funeral for Searchlight. At the funeral they said prayers for
Searchlight and thanked him for all the things he did. After the funeral Little Willy and
Grandpa went to say thank you to Stone Fox for not letting anybody pass the line because
of Searchlight. Stone Fox said, Youre welcome.
When Little Willy and Grandpa returned
home they thought for a while.
Why dont we get a new
dog?, Grandpa asked. We can name it Searchlight 2. Lets go get a new dog
at the pet shop.
When they got to the pet shop they saw
the one dog that they wanted. Then they went home.
When they got home they were still a
little bit sad but they felt much better. When they played with Searchlight 2 they had
fun. While they played they trained Searchlight 2. Searchlight 2 was a lot like
Searchlight1. Maybe Willy will train Searchlight2 to be in the next dogsled race.
by June Marie D. and Leticia F.
The day of the race
Little Willy started to think about what Stone Fox did at the end of the race. He was
wondering if they could be friends and share dogs since Searchlight died.
The next day Little Willy went to the
abandoned farmhouse where Stone Fox lived. Little Willy was scared at first but then he
remembered what Stone Fox did yesterday. So Little Willy knocked on the door. Stone Fox
answered the door.
Why are you here? Stone Fox
asked in a deep voice.
Um..., I came here to thank you for
what you did for me, said Little Willy.
Stone Fox was surprised.
You may come in,said Stone
So Little Willy went inside.
Nice place, said Little
Willy. I also came here to ask you to be my friend.
Okay., said Stone Fox.
Can we share Samoyeds since
Searchlight died?, asked Little Willy.
We can and we will be friends.
Lets go to the movies,said Stone Fox.
They did and they had a lot of fun
together over the years.
One day Little Willy went to Stone
Foxs house to visit and there was no answer. He saw the door was opened so he went
in. Stone Fox had died in his sleep. Little Willy started to cry. He will always remember
the friendship he had with Stone Fox and everything he always did for him.
by Kathelin G. and Donna M.
|When Little Willy passed the finish line he got five hundred
dollars and went home. On his way home Stone Fox caught up to Little Willy and Little
Willy stopped and turned around. When he saw Stone Fox, Stone Fox was smiling and he was
carrying a blanket. There was something inside the blanket. When Little Willy took it, he
opened it and saw there was a baby Samoyed. "You can have it," said Stone Fox.
"Thank you," said Little Willy, "Do you want to be my friend?"
"Yes," said Stone Fox. They said good bye to each other and both went home. When
Little Willy got home he paid the taxes and Grandfather got better. Little Willy was about
to smile when he remembered about Searchlight. He ran outside and got Searchlight's body
and showed him to Grandfather. When Grandfather saw Searchlight he started to cry and then
Little Willy showed the baby Samoyed to Grandfather. "I will name this puppy
Searchlight also,"said Little Willy.
by Andrew S. and Melanie P.
A week after the race
Stone Fox came to congratulate Little Willy. He also told him that if his grandfather
passes away he can come live with him. Little Willy asked Stone Fox if he could share his
Samoyeds with him. They became best friends and they had fun together.
Little Willy asked Stone Fox where should
he bury Searchlight. Stone Fox told him to bury him in the garden and to put a lot of
A year past on and there was another race
for 1,800 dollars. Little Willy and Stone Fox were tied and made it to the semifinals.
Winter came again and they spent a lot of
time together drinking hot chocolate, talking and telling each other stories. They bought
a snowmobile and had fun together riding it.
Somehow Grandfather got ill again so
Little Willy brought him to Doc Smith to have surgery. Grandfather wound up dying. Little
Willy and Stone Fox went to the funeral together. Stone Fox moved onto the farm with
Little Willy and they took care of each other.
by Mitchell S., Keith K. and Matthew H.
State Standards used:
English Language Arts Standard # 1: Students
will read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
English Language Arts Standard #2: As
speakers and writers, students use oral and written language that follows the accepted
conventions of the English language for self-statement and artistic creation.
English Language Arts Standard #3: Students
will read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction.