The book makes a GREAT read aloud and is also recommended reading for tweens and teens alike.
As the story goes, Lucien, angry at his neighbor and schoolmate Annette, takes out his frustrations on her little brother, inadvertently causing a terrible accident that leaves little Dani crippled for life. Thus begins Annette's quest to ruin what is left of Lucien's reputation.
Lucien meets a reclusive woodcarver who begins investing his time in the sullen young man, teaching him a valuable trade. When the school teacher announces a handwork competition, Lucien is confident he will be awarded the prize and finally win the admiration and approval of his classmates. In the meantime, he makes a very special gift for Dani. Annette's bitterness ruins all of Lucien's plans and eventually he must find another means to make restitution. Will Annette ever learn to forgive Lucien?
Filmed in the Swiss Alps, this 1980 film is one our family has watched again and again.
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