I do not remember much detail about this book my mother once read to me when I was little. What I do remember is that the protagonist was a boy surviving in a forest. He made his home out of a big tree which he hollowed out. There was a long winter. He had a bunch of animal friends, and I think one was a hawk or a falcon. I think he grew up in the woods if I remember correctly. I think he saved the forest from hunters or something.

I'm not sure; it was like 13 years ago that I heard it, but it has been on my mind. Any suggestions would help. I very vaguely remember the book cover; if I were to see it again, I could tell that it was the book.

  • Are you sure it was only one boy? Also could you describe the cover at all?
    – Mirte
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 16:50
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan series? :)
    – DJohnson
    Commented May 24, 2018 at 17:13

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A quick Google search lead me to the book My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. Could that be the book you meant?

The book is about Sam Gribley, a 14-year-old boy who intensely dislikes living in his parents' cramped New York City apartment with his eight brothers and sisters. He decides to run away to his great-grandfather's abandoned farm in the Catskill Mountains to live in the wilderness. The reader meets Frightful, Sam's pet peregrine falcon, and The Baron, a weasel that Sam befriends. Roughly the first 80 percent of the novel is Sam's reminiscences during a snowstorm about how he came to be in a home made out of a hollowed-out tree, while the remainder of the novel is a traditional linear narrative about what happens after the snowstorm.

  • Welcome to Literature! I've edited in a brief excerpt from the Wikipedia page, so that it's more clear how this book matches the description in the question. With just a title and a link, it was harder to judge how good the match was; with this description, it's much easier to see things like the falcon, the hollowed-out tree, and the storm, and I've upvoted :-) See also our site guidance on writing good story-ID answers.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Commented May 23, 2018 at 17:29

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