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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He delivers necessities and gets paid by his customers. He and his sled dog team, grew closer and wiser together through out their journey in the Iditarod.

Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

People who love and understand animals would like this book. Gary had traveled to many different places. The more he read, the more he got hooked. Gary also writes the book as a pxulsen auto-biography about his time as a dogsled runner and racer. The weather caused major adversity for the main character throughout the entire story.

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Setting; The main setting of this book was in Minnesota in gzry woods. This isn’t the fascinating game of hunter and hunted shown on television, crude violence carefully edited out of the footage. Personal response- I think this book was very cool to show that the man knew nothing about wildlife when he thought he had.

Is it fair to deem such a person pausen or wicked and condemn them to incarceration or death if all they’re doing is being themselves, wolves who don’t know they’re wolves and couldn’t do anything to change it even if they were aware? He stated the Iditarod with a fairly young team that he hardly knew with some older dogs thrown in there also.

Paulsen lives in Minnesota and in the bitter cold uses sled dogs as transportation. The Iditarod was a grueling course with many obstacles to overcome. It makes him seem like he is a philosopher. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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Dec 12, Gil STanton rated it really liked it. Nov 18, Devin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Gary was very adventurous and was always looking for the more challenging way of doing something. I enjoyed the plot of this book. I think this book also tells you about how to take care of sled dogs. When we come upon Paulsen at the start of Woodsong he’s already an apt outdoorsman, capable of taking care of himself, his family, and his many domesticated animals in the distressing cold of where they live in northern Minnesota.

Mar 21, Desara rated it liked it. 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. Often times it was unclear of where Gary was and was hard to tell what was happening. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

This may be Paulsen’s best book yet: I was never into dog sledding in Alaska, but this book caught my attention. The whole book on how he had been hunting for year and stopped and realized that killing animals is a wrong thing to do and just to let them live there own life.

He had a passion for dogs and wanted to started a sled team. Storm is one of the sled dogs who is very smart and teaches Paulsen during the race. Gary Tary talent placed him in the company of three of the very best to ever ply the trade, each comparison made with a different aspect in mind of his award-winning genius. He learns numerous lessons from his dogs, other animals in nature, and the dog race that lasted days. The dogs make Gary go deep in thought and really think about things.

Moving a team of hulking sled dogs hundreds of miles a night in temperatures dipping as low as minus forty, fifty, or sixty degrees is dangerous, but if his dogs were up to the task than he could do it, too. He uses a dog team to get around in the back country. If you love the outdoors and outdoor writing, give this a try. Plot- Paulsen thought he knew all woodsojg the wild.


After the government issues a bounty on beavers to help control their destructive population, Paulsen establishes a trapline route across a fifty mile radius near his home, and begins raising dogs to pull his sled through the snowy land so he can regularly check his beaver traps.

Known for his award-winning adventure-filled novels, Gary Paulsen’s memoir detailing his dog-sledding history may be more exciting than his fiction. The story focuses mainly on the dogs that he would run with, their personalities, stories about running them, and what they taught him about the wilderness. Gary feels at home and a sense of peace when he is sledding with the dogs in the race.

He sometimes stays out all night running his trap line.

Paulsen is the sink-or-swim student in Woodsong woovsong, observing the strange, fearsome beauty of nature and adapting to his own minor role in its vast circle of life.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I thought this book did a very good job on making the scenes in the book very detailed making me think I was right there with him. He is a writer and does dog sledding. In Woodsong, the main character named Gary connects with his dogs and trains them for a race called the Iditarod.

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