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 kept me hooked until the end. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

During the race, Gary experiences a unique feeling when he is running with his dogs. Some of the essays, actually, most of them, have one thing or another that was difficult to read. This is a relatively safe book as far as sensitive material. Paulsen’s dogs will be his spiritual counselors, nourishing his soul paulsrn he feeds their bodies and tends to their physical welfare, and this experience is the breakthrough he needed to write stories that captivate the imagination of the public, taking a struggling smalltime writer from the north and vaulting him into a position on par with the all-time greats.

Books by Gary Paulsen. He lived with his son in a cabin without plumbing or electricity. This book is about his life and the ups and down’s that he encountered. Gary believes that the dogs are actually smarter than he is, and therefore, should trust that they know what they are doing.

The theme is that Gary Paulsen is always learning from the dogs. This could have been a book in itself, the chapters are brief and actually I wish he would woodsonv drawn this out more and made it its own book. The doe ran onto the ice and fell through. I think part of the reason that it wasn’t my favorite book was because the main person didn’t believe in the same things I do. To see what pauslen friends thought of this book, please sign up.

In the beginning of the book, he really did not understand nature and what it entailed. Gary has many struggles in the book but always ends up overcoming them with the help of his dogs who are always present in the book.


Middle school, low-level high school It takes extraordinary flexibility, courage, and generosity to accept their difficult strengths and make them a team: This theme comes up at all points in the book and the story, even during the race.

Gary lived the rest of his life running sled dogs, until he couldn’t handle the wear and tear anymore.

He uses a dog team to get around in the back country. Like nature, the dogs are uncontrollable: Nov 02, Nick Hatch rated it liked it.

All he wanted to do was finish the race, and he achieved his goal. He also learned that the predators have to win sometimes otherwise they would die instead of the prey. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. One of the events was when a moose tackled the author off a sled! The man riding the back of the sled has a crucial job, but he’s hardly leader of the pack; that’s the head dog’s job, studiously evaluating the landscape and electing where to go based equally on instinct and intelligence, not the commands of a human musher with a dubious sense of direction.

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Some are connected, while others are not. Running trap-lines, showdowns with bear and moose and his bountiful love and admiration of his tru I recall snagging a copy of Woodsong, shortly after being completely captivated with Paulsen’s Winterdance, which chronicled his first time attending the Iditarod, woodsonh grueling 1, mile dog-sled race, through Alaska.

The blood, the anxiety I felt, the horror of it meant as little to Storm as the blood from the deer on the snow had meant to the wolves. I do not recommend this book for any type of pleasure reading.

Pxulsen also have a soft spot for Gary Paulsen because when I was in sixth grade, we read Hatchet, and I decided to write to him.


Day and night he and paulssn team would train for this race. Built of concrete detail, often with a subtext of irony or mystery, they unite paulen a modest but telling self-portrait of a man who has learned by opening himself to nature—not to idyllic, sentimental nature, but to the harsh, bloody, life-giving real thing. We fear blood; we fear hurt, worry, sadness, and grief so much, keeping it as far away as possible, dashing to the other side woodspng the street to avoid it, fleeing when we think we see its approach, that we sometimes forget to live life without regret.


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. The days went on, and Gary and his sled dog team were getting faster and faster. Thanks for telling us about the problem. At the height of his acclaim in the owodsong and into the ’90s, three-time Newbery Honoree Gary Paulsen was compared to some of the finest names in the history of American children’s literature.

Regardless of awards, Woodsong should maintain its power to sway hearts in any time, place, or culture, a novel packed with hard questions and transcendent storytelling, an immutable anthem of what makes us alive and what defines us as human. Agry had a dog sled team and got to know all the dogs extremely well and gray who would always work hard and who would get tired and slow down.

It was very cold where Paulsen was and winds blew hard at times.

I know this because this did not actually happen, but it could possibly happen to someone. Plot- Paulsen thought he knew all about the wild. All of the events that took place shows Paulsen more of what nature is like. Gary was very smart and could pick up on what things were saying to him, even if they couldn’t talk. He tried to put him in the sled but the dog just kept on jumping out.

It also shows the bond between man, nature, and animals of all kinds, whether it be wildlife of dogs.

There was likeness drawn to the legendary Jack London, whose prolific output and sensitivity to the natural world’s woodsongg wisdom was on a simila At the height of his acclaim in the mids and into the ’90s, three-time Newbery Honoree Gary Paulsen was compared to some of the finest names in the history of American children’s literature.

Many other people feel this way as well. They lived in Minnesota, because they both liked the cold. If you like the outdoors I would recommend you this book.