Brians winter summary

Brian almost misses the signs that winter is coming, but when he finally gets it he realizes that he has a lot of work to do. Can he figure out how to do these things before it is too late? And I appreciate that Paulsen broaches the subject of hunting and taking a life with a little more depth and thought than he did in the first book. I personally think it is okay to hunt for food, especially when it is necessary for survival.

Brians winter summary

Summary Chapter 4 In a semi-dream state, Brian vividly recalls every detail of the incident in which he discovers "The Secret. The hatred, anger, and astonishment that had swept over him at that moment return to him anew. Becoming conscious once again, Brian slowly absorbs the surrounding wilderness as the details of the plane crash rush back into his mind.

His entire body aching from the injuries he has sustained during the crash, he falls quickly asleep. Awakening in a haze, Brian finds his survival of the plane crash almost unbelievable and quickly remembers the pilot's less fortunate fate.

The mosquitoes in the area swarm around him and leave him with painful bites on every part of his exposed skin. Brian feels lucky to have survived the crash, and upon looking at the surrounding area, realizes how close a call it had been; he had just barely avoided a huge rock nearby.

Contemplating the scenery and listening to the many sounds of nature surrounding him, he falls asleep once again. Chapter 5 Gripped by unbelievable thirst and hunger upon awakening, Brian drinks water from the lake while trying to grasp the fact that he has landed in this complete wilderness.

Reassuring himself with the hope that the searchers will come that day to rescue him, Brian recalls his old English teacher Mr. Perpich, who had repeatedly emphasized to his students the importance of a positive attitude, and Brian uses this memory to motivate himself against despair.

Brian experiences the profound silence of the woods, noting that such silence never exists back in the city.


In a sudden wave of despair Brian suddenly remembers that he had bumped the wheel when reaching over for the pilot's headset. This action had most likely rerouted the plane, and Brian begins to accept the fact that the search planes might not rescue him for a few days.

Sensing imminent panic, Brian works to calm himself, determined to find something to eat and to make a shelter. Chapter 6 Brian recalls the time he spent playing in the city park with his best friend Terry, who he suddenly wishes were with him.

Together they had pretended they had gotten lost in the woods. They had built a lean-to for a shelter, which inspires Brian to seek out an ideal spot to build one himself.

Brians winter summary

Finding a perfect overhang and gathering the materials to enclose the lean-to, Brian realizes the gravity of his weakness and hunger. He decides he must seek out food and compares the customary facility of finding food with the challenge of his current situation.

Still dwelling on his parents' divorce, he decides he will tell his father "The Secret" as soon as he returns home. Brian finds some unfamiliar bright red berries to eat, which turn out to taste very bitter. However, left with little choice, he eats them until the pangs of hunger subside.

Since Brian has no matches he must think hard about how to start a fire; for now, he works to improve his shelter by interweaving sticks into the walls.Enjoyed the re-make of what happened during the winter months of Brian's survival. Boys enjoyed learning, and living through the winter of snow, hunger and survival.

Read full review. LibraryThing Review User Review - ladykat - LibraryThing. Brian's winter Gary Paulsen Snippet view - /5(54). Chapter Brian had thought he heard gunshots before, but this time it was to hot outside for the trees to be exploding so he thought he would go try to find where the sound had come from.

Read Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen by Gary Paulsen by Gary Paulsen for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android In Hatchet, year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet.

Brian heard the exploding noise again but it was pretty warm so he was wondering what else it could be. When Brian set of to look for the noise he pas ed by where the moose carcass was and he. Get this from a library! Brian's winter. [Gary Paulsen] -- Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as in the author's book Hatchet, this story portrays what would have happened to Brian had he been forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with only.

Brian's Winter is about a thirteen year old boy named Brian Robeson who is desperately trying to survive. Winter is around he corner and Brian isn't prepared at all.

He must learn to adapt and learn in order to survive the deadly winter.

SparkNotes: Hatchet: Chapters 4–6