Chapter 16 Summary

There are many other First Days that mark the time Brian has spent alone in the wilderness. There is First Arrow Day, when he discovers how to make an arrow that flies correctly by attaching feathers, and First Rabbit Day, when he finally catches a rabbit with his bow and arrow. It seems to Brian that he is always hungry, but he is confident now in his ability to get food.

One day Brian brings down a foolbird, and when he goes to the lake to wash his hands, he is attacked for no apparent reason by a huge moose. The moose, a female with no horns, hits him “like a runaway truck,” throwing him into the water and using her head to crush him into the mud. Brian’s eyes and ears are inundated with goo, and he feels as if...

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