The cremation of Sam McGee

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Greenwillow Books, Apr 1, 1987 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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Constantly suffering from the cold, Sam makes his companion on the Arctic trail promise to cremate him when he dies, which the companion does--to his great surprise.

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My Mom read this to me since I was about 9. I, like many who love it, have most committed to memory. As a child my favorite part was Sam finally got warm. Read full review

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First I was all, "what the-" Then I was laughing. Is this weird??? Meet the less, this is my favorite poem! I can't say why exactly, but I smile when I read it :) Read full review


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About the author (1987)

Robert W. Service was born in London about 1874. He had a convoluted life that involved much moving around, from Scotland, to England, to Canada, to California. He worked in banks, was a war correspondent for the Toronto Star and an ambulance driver for the American Red Cross, and he served as an intelligence officer in the Canadian Army in World War I. In 1907, he published his first book of poetry, The Spell of the Yukon, and Other Verses This book included the well-known poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and this first brought him public recognition. In 1909, he left his banker's job and began writing his first novel, The Trail of the '98. He married in 1913 and the couple had a daughter. In 1921, Service went to Hollywood to work on a film version of Dan McGrew. In later life, he devoted himself to writing and traveling and he died in Brittany, France, in 1958.

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