In a memoir, author Gary Paulsen tells tof his intimate relationship with Minnesota’s north woods and the dog team he trained for the Iditarod dogsled race. Woodsong has ratings and reviews. Autumn said: Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor author, is no stranger to adventure. He has flown off the. Woodsong is a book of memoirs by Gary Paulsen. The first half consists of Paulsen’s early experiences running sled dogs in Minnesota and then in Alaska, and.

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It made me realize how hard the unusual hobby can be. After everything that happened, he said he would do it all over again. Not only that, but the comparisons were to a diverse array of accomplished writers, indicating a versatility perhaps unequalled among his contemporaries. Often times it was unclear of where Gary was and was hard woodssong tell what was happening.

There was always an interesting part, and you never wanted to stop reading.

He was basically the only human character in the book. Nov 18, Devin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Plot The plot is Gary Paulsen telling stories about sledding dogs and what lessons nature has taught him about life. There is no time period in the book. One of those is that he found out what hallucinations are.

This is a relatively safe book as far as sensitive material. It’s vital to not always run from the threat of blood, to acknowledge our fear of taking damage physically, psychologically, emotionally, socially, or on any front, and accept that living a full life means surviving terrible trauma now and then, trauma we see coming miles in advance and sudden scares that leave us badly shaken.


It was part of his life and if he could obey the one drive, the drive to be in the team and pull, then nothing else mattered. The author shouted for wooddsong to stop, but they did not listen.

WOODSONG by Gary Paulsen | Kirkus Reviews

This isn’t the fascinating game of hunter and hunted shown on television, crude violence carefully edited out woosong the footage. He lives in Minnesota and he ran the Iditarod trail in Alaska. The day had come where the race was to begin. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


If a dog is capable of playing pranks, of showing that complexity of personality, then other animals must be, as well. He learns to treat animals with more respect. The other main point was what he learned from his dogs. There were points in this book when Paulsen could have killed animals but did not.

He wrote Woodsong at the peak of his career, and it clearly shows. This book is a very good choice for anyone who liked Hatchet or Brian’s Winter. For Paulsen, that was the last straw when it came to trapping.

He stated the Iditarod with a fairly young team that he hardly knew with some older dogs thrown in there also. He never described when or where he ran the Iditarod, but it went through a plethora of cities. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The theme of this book was to be one with nature and show compassion to it. I believe every student can take something from this book, as it taps into their thirst for exploration and adventure.

Storm was an ideal pzulsen that taught Paulsen many life values, including that the death of the doe his experience running his sled dogs taught him much about nature and life.


Boys, especially, should enjoy this story, as well as outdoor enthusiasts and dog lovers. The Iditarod is a very hard grueling course that is 1, miles long.

Gary then decided to buy huskie pups.

Articles lacking sources from March All articles lacking sources Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. People who love and understand animals would like this book. His personality changed through the book. Paulsen, eventually, overcame all these obstacles and finally finished the race. A snowy mountain and a sun are also visible, yet the mountain, or glacier, may not be identified by readers who have limited knowledge of this landscape.

Most of them were in Alaska and Canada. The days went on, and Gary and his sled dog team were getting faster and faster.

Paulsen was one of my favorite authors as a child and I am glad to see that my trust in him as an author was well-deserved. Plot- Paulsen thought he knew all about the wild. He has flown off the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall to near disaster, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw.

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Gary runs dogs, and he is preparing for the Iditarod. Woodsong by Gary Paulsen. Paulsen had a seventeen day sled dog race.

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