GIFT OF DEERby Helen Hoover
In the farthest wilds of northeastern Minnesota, back in the Gunflint Range, the author of this book and her artist-husband have a two-room cabin home in the bush country. Beginning one Christmas Day when they first watched the starving deer they later named Peter, the Hoovers had many opportunities, a passionate inclination, and the nature skills to observe this whitetail buck—joined later by his mate, and finally by several of their offspring—through the changing seasons of four years. Close as their relationship was to the generations of beautiful animals, the Hoovers did not consider them pets but fellow inhabitants of that wild country. Their observations reveal the rewards of living close to wild creatures; but more than that, they add valuable information to our knowledge of the cycle of life of the deer and other creatures native to the same world. For although the deer are the chief characters of this book, they are by no means the only wild creatures Mrs. Hoover writes of. Her naturalist’s eye is just as sharp and her affection just as great for the antics of a curious chickadee or a flying squirrel. Mrs. Hoover’s identification with nature knows no favoritism.
The Hoovers’ world—the bush country of the United States-Canadian border—is farther removed from civilization than “Mr. Emerson’s woodlot,” but the close relationship of The Gift of the Deer to Walden is evident for all to enjoy.
Adrian Hoover’s drawings are from life, and they add another level of understanding to his wife’s vivid prose.
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The author Helen Hoover takes us on an incredible journey to the far northern Minnesota wilderness, where she and her husband live off the land in a remote cabin and befriend a starving buck deer named "Peter." The Hoover's take us inside this harsh but beautiful world where human, animal and nature strive to exist through all four seasons. Her commentary on the relationships with the wild creatures in her book is filled with knowledge and compassion. It is a must read for anyone that enjoys wildlife and nature.
In this beautifuly crafted narrative, Helen Hoover takes us back to a bitterly cold winter night in the Northern Minnesota woods. Responding to a soft tapping at their door Helen and her husband Adrian find a starving deer who has come to them for help. This incredible encounter is the beginning of an enchanted adventure. I originaly read this book years ago, and have re-read it several times. It is impossible to read this book and not feel good.
I love Helen Hoover's writings. Gift of the Deer is excellent. I have read it many times. I found it in the Readers Digest in the 60's. So happy to have found it in print in its original version.