Kildee House Themes

Rutherford George Montgomery
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People often make pre-conceived judgments about other people. Jerome Kildee is a shy and very reserved man. When he first moves into the redwood forest, Emma Lou, a neighbor girl, thinks he is unfriendly because he doesn't smile or say hello. Later, when he opens up and begins having contact with her, she realizes that he is a very kind and gentle man.

Emma Lou is adamant that Roger Donald is a mean boy. She has frequently seen him running with his large Doberman, Strong Heart, in the woods chasing down harmless animals. The dog had even killed one of Kildee's raccoons. As time passes and Roger Donald matures a little, he begins to show a softer side and comes to enjoy the forest animals the way Kildee and Emma Lou do. Kildee has sensed the boy is nicer than Emma Lou thinks he is. Emma Lou...

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