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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There is some graphic imagery in the plot. Apr 19, Chris F rated it it was amazing. He had a passion for dogs and wanted to started a sled team. Day and night he and his team would train for this race. Add to Cart Add to Cart. I 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.


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They lived in Minnesota, because they both liked the cold. Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, DogsongHatchetand The Winter Room. 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 seen a doe being ripped apart by wolves having him see nature in a new way. The author and main character was the protagonist.

The author of this book is Gary Paulson. He stated the Iditarod with a fairly young team that he hardly knew with some older dogs thrown in there also. Characterization- The main character is also the only human character and that is Paulsen. The race proves to be long and arduous. The book Woodsong is a amazing book. Gary had a plan to run the Iditarod. Anyone younger might not understand parts of the book.

Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

It has lots of outdoors and nature features in the book. We fear blood; we fear hurt, worry, sadness, and grief so much, keeping it as far away as possible, dashing to the other side of the street to avoid it, fleeing when we think we see gzry approach, that we sometimes forget to live life without regret.


Even Paula Fox’s name was invoked in discussions of Gary Paulsen’s excellence, a Newbery Medal winner whose crossover success between children’s lit, young-adult novels, and adult fiction was unsurpassed by all who sought to gain audience with the three distinct demographics.

Gary runs dogs, gafy he is preparing for the Iditarod. Readers may also struggle relating to the author, as I’m willing to bet none of my students have seen a dogsled. The bear charges him and jumps on top owodsong Gary.

The second half is a day-by-day account of his first attempt at the famous Iditarod dog-sled race acr Snapshot: That is when he got big into running sled I just finished this book and I thought it was ok.

Gary learns this a number of times on his runs and adventures.

I also deeply appreciated the mantra that Paulsen hammers home in this story — the “I didn’t know how little I actually knew about this subject, and I was an idiot. Apr 19, Ben rated it it was ok Shelves: Gary started to trap when he was younger laulsen he grew ;aulsen from it.

I wouldn’t rank it ahead of either winner, but surely it earned a Newbery Honor spot of its own. At the time I believe he was living in Minnesota.

He used to kill lots of animals, then when he watched how wolves killed deer.

After one such occurrence when the tenacity and allegiance of a sled dog named Obeah was the only reason Paulsen lived, he began seeing the advantages dogs have over humans, especially their closeness as a pack that people have largely eschewed in favor of independence. Paulsen’s dogs will be his spiritual counselors, nourishing his soul as he feeds their bodies and tends to their physical welfare, and this experience is the breakthrough he needed to write stories that captivate the woorsong of the public, taking a struggling smalltime writer from the north and vaulting him into a position on par with the all-time greats.

He learned many lessons from his dogs and just by being in the outdoors a lot. Nov 18, Devin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He’s a children’s author, but I can’t decide what to make of this book because although it is appears to be like a children’s book or, like his other books, I should sayand a sixth grader could read it, some of the things he write about are so upsetting, and so dark, that I personally think it would be hard for a younger child to read and fary.


Some of the essays, actually, most of them, have one thing or another that was difficult to read. 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.

He entered in the Alaska dog sled race. I enjoyed the plot of this book. This theme stays with Gary the whole book and plays a role in the book. My son recommended it to me. Be the first to discover new talent!


This book is a very good paulzen for anyone who liked Hatchet or Brian’s Winter. Gary lived in a ranch house out in the woods away from the city, but not out of apulsen. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes animals, and also to people who are in middle school and above. Beginning with a violent natural incident a doe killed by wolves that spurred his own conversion from hunter and trapper to observing habitant of the forest, Paulsen draws a vivid picture of his wilderness life—where bears routinely help themselves to his dog’s food and where his fiercely protective bantam adopts a nestful of quail chicks and then terrorizes the garu for an entire summer.

It’s the depth of philosophical discovery that makes this book better suited to young readers, a quality of thought that demands an audience not fully formed in their view of the world, open to being shaped by the woocsong knowledge Gary Paulsen gained from the ways of nature.

He saw events happen that changed how he thought what happens in nature. I believe every student can take something from this book, as it taps into their thirst for exploration and adventure.