Tracks in the Wild

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A track is more than just a footprint. Each track tells a story. As you follow the marks an animal left behind, you get to know it: where it goes, what it likes to eat, when it runs, and why. Every set of tracks is unique, as each animal's life is different from every other's. This richly illustrated book introduces young readers to the tracks and the ways of life of thirteen different animals. Betsy Bowen shares the wonder of the northwoods wilderness in this newly designed edition featuring striking ...

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Overview

A track is more than just a footprint. Each track tells a story. As you follow the marks an animal left behind, you get to know it: where it goes, what it likes to eat, when it runs, and why. Every set of tracks is unique, as each animal's life is different from every other's. This richly illustrated book introduces young readers to the tracks and the ways of life of thirteen different animals. Betsy Bowen shares the wonder of the northwoods wilderness in this newly designed edition featuring striking multiple-block woodcut prints and new vibrant colors. Life size animal tracks grace each page along with poetic quotes and passages that reveal mysteries of the natural world and inspire respect for its wildlife. Here is a book for young naturalists and beginning trackers, a book that is perfect for a family to share before and after a trek through their own woods.

Explores the habits and behavior of thirteen northwoods animals by discussing the various tracks and signs left by them.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bowen's follow-up to her environmentally inspired Antler, Bear, Canoe again focuses on the author's beloved home in the Minnesota northwoods. This time out she provides facts, observations and insights about the creatures that live and consequently make tracks near her house; she also supplies suggestions for how to track various forms of wildlife. Each spread consists of a rustic woodblock print of an animal accompanied by a detail of the creature's tracks and a paragraph of information. Occasionally an appropriate quote--often from a Native American--is also included. Bowen's tone is sometimes a bit too introspective--``A sense of animals' presence on the earth is important to me as a part of feeling connected to all things''--but the personal anecdotes also lend an air of authenticity. Her bold prints, which starkly contrast thick black against icy blues and whites, offer a moving and dramatic interpretation of the natural world. All ages.
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K-Gr 3-Powerful woodcuts washed with color are a dramatic accompaniment to a modest, accurate text describing 13 creatures whose tracks may be seen in northern woodlands or meadows. Many of the pages include quotes from Native Americans within their bordered frames, with the life-sized tracks themselves angling beneath. Perhaps not as informative as Jim Arnosky's Crinkleroot's Book of Animal Tracking (Bradbury, 1989) or as thoroughly detailed as David Webster's Track Watching (Watts, 1972; o.p.), but definitely a handsome, highly personal, artistic addition to gladden readers' hearts and sharpen their eyes before venturing into a real forest.-Patricia Manning, Eastchester Public Library, NY
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K-Gr 3-This new edition of a book published in 1993 retains Bowen's original text, a combination of factual material and the author's personal encounters with animals in her northern Minnesota home. The creatures range from the small white-footed mouse to the majestic moose. What is different is the book design. A more eye-catching illustration of wolves replaces the old moose cover. Unfortunately, the inviting end pages of tracks in a forest are also gone. Bowen's original woodcuts are retained. However, instead of the original hand-applied watercolor washes, individual blocks are used for each color. The images appear sharper and more colorful. The snowshoe hare with its red-to-blue shaded background has a classical oriental appearance. The pictures are now framed with white borders, the text is no longer in colored boxes, and the type style and placement of the headings are different, creating a more sophisticated look. If you have a copy of the old edition there is no need to replace it with this one. If you don't have it, however, the new version is certainly worth adding. Students of book design may find it interesting to compare the two as well.-Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395884003
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Bowen is the author-illustrator of several books for children. Reviewers have described her distinctive woodcuts as bold, rich and handsome. The mother of three sons, she has lived with her family on the rugged north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota for more than thirty years.

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