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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The Cremation of Sam Mcgee

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Wonderful rhyming poem about a couple Southerners heading for the gold rush in the Yukon. The one dies from the elements and makes the other promise to cremate him. For decades this poem has been popular with children. The color illustrations in this latest edition are magnificant. Read full review

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my favorite poem as a child, though that is not a great feat. it also teaches something, which is good too - kind of like he-man. ergo, if you like he-man, you will like this poem... Read full review


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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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