On a moonlit winter night, a team of dogs pulls a sled, taking the narrator and readers on a wondrous ride through the snow, into and out of the woods. It is a ride you'll wish would never end.
Through this exquisite prose poem, Gary Paulsen shares the joy, the beauty, and the grandeur of the outdoors. With his joyous text and Ruth Wright Paulsen's exuberant and expressive illustrations, Dogteam is a celebration of nature, a dance that invites everyone to join in.
In the book” Dogteam” by Gary paulsen; it is about a team of dogs who ride in the night pulling a sled. The author and illustrator Gary and Ruth paulsen set the beautiful white scenery in which the dog's journey takes. The author uses imagery in the story like with the full moon, night fall, northern lights and snow. In the sentence that shows great imagery is “ The moon is frozen on the snow; cold so all the dogs are coated with ice and the snaps on their collars and hardness won't open their laughing panting breath freezes on their cheeks and makes them all smile, dog smiles, dog laughs.” The another uses another style of writing the author uses in the book is anaphora. The author uses anaphora in sentences such as “ Did you did you did you did you did you want it to last.” The author and illustrator has an amazing way of collaborating for example the illustrator paints a unseen message from the writer. The author uses less complex word choice for 4 or 5 olds. In my honest opinion i would recommend this book to any teacher or parent of a young child.
More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wanted to harness up your dog and run? How about sled riding?
The book Dogteam takes you through a man's night where he runs his dogs through the woods, back to his cabin. Dogteam is written by Gary Paulsen and illustrated wonderfully by his spouse Ruth Wright Paulsen. It starts out in the middle of the woods, making you wonder how he got there. You see a man harnessing the dogs getting ready to race back home on his sled. You see the dogs, mouths open, looking like they want to run. You can tell they “live to run.” The dogs are described as weaving in and out the trees and passing a frozen lake, but then the main character comes up to wild wolves -- “Moonwolves” he calls them. The wolves soon disappear into the blue dark night. Then the rider arrives to his cabin lit with light faces peeking through the window.
This book is an homage to celebrate nature, and the beauty of the great outdoors. It’s honoring the night skies and the animals that inhabit the great land.
I think that this book is targeted towards an older child, maybe 5-7, because some of the words used are more sophisticated. It’s more of an older child book than a younger one.
When Paulsen was a young boy, he ran away from home and used writing to get away from life and the hard times. The illustrator, his wife has painted/illustrated many other books. Ruth attended Principia College, studying her art.
Gary Paulsen puts his own twist on words, creating words like moonwolves, snowolves, and nightwolves. He uses these words to describe the wolves that the character encountered while on the trail.
More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because my favorite part is the pictures and the background. Also I like the dogs and the words. It is one of my favorite books.
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