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Leroy Wilson has plans for a great winter. He and Tracy Matson, his pal and business partner, are all set to sell the worms they've collected to the ice fishermen when his awful cousin Mitchell moves to town. The problem is that Leroy and Mitchell look exactly alike, except that Mitchell is an expert at everything, including how to start a brand-new business with Tracy! Left with eighty worms to feed and horrible piano lessons with Mitchell's mother, Leroy has had it with his "take-over" cousin who's stealing his friends and businesses. If LeRoy can't get rid of Mitchell, maybe he can scare him off.
Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on.
Wisdom of the Body is a meditation in poetry on the "bodiness,"the physicality of all things: our bodies and how they change, the salmon and their life cycle, trees, flowers, the earth, everything caught in the mystery of time. The book contains a series of poems on the life cycle of Pacific Northwest salmon that was a City of Seattle public arts project, and poems from the libretto of a musical piece by noted composer Janice Gitech, "Navigating the Light."
The ecological answers and solutions we need to our current global environmental crisis are embedded in this living mosaic of profound indigenous insights into the workings of the natural world. These ancestral and contemporary natural perspectives and stories can save our lives and our planet.
It was when David Mas Masumoto's father had a stroke on the sprawling fields of their farm that the son looked with new eyes on the land where he and generations of his family have toiled for decades. Masumoto -- an organic farmer working the land in California's Central Valley -- farms stories as he farms peaches. In Wisdom of the Last Farmer, an impassioned memoir of revitalization and redemption, he finds the natural connections between generation and succession, fathers and children, booms and declines as he tells the story of his family and their farm. He brings us to the rich earth of America's Fruit Basket, under the vine trellises and canes where grapes are grown, and to the fruit orchards flush with green before harvest, where he uncovers and preserves the age-old wisdom that is fast disappearing in our modern, information-driven world -- and that is urgently needed in this time of food crises and social disruption. Masumoto sees the price the family has paid to grow complex heirloom peaches -- when the market rewards tasteless, big, and red fruits -- and the challenges of maintaining traditions and integrity while working in the modern, high-pressure agricultural marketplace. As his father's health declines along with the profitability of the family farm, Masumoto has the further hard work of nursing his father back to health -- becoming master to the teacher who once schooled him -- and is driven beyond economic concerns to even larger questions of life, death, and renewal. In his gorgeous, lyrical prose, Masumoto conjures the realities of farming life while weaving in the history of American agriculture over the past century, encapsulating universal themes of work along with wisdom that could be gleaned only from the earth. By the end of the workday, he understands the feeling of accomplishment when you've done your best...and discovers that it's when he lets go -- of both his father and control of nature -- that wisdom manifests itself. And, when Masumoto's daughter intends to return to the family farm, hope is found in the generations. In the quiet eloquence of Wisdom of the Last Farmer, you will see how your own destiny is involved in the future of your food, the land, and the farm.
Four essays recount stories Western Apaches tell about the landscape. Includes comments from a cultural anthropologist.
from the Foreword: "The authors] sought ought out the spiritual Elders of ...Indian nations...[who] revealed their inmost thoughts and feelings, their dreams and visions, their healing remedies and apocalyptic prophecies, and, above all, their humanity..." The book uses symbols between lines to indicate breaks of thought. I changed that to paragraphs, figuring that it would be difficult both for Braille readers and daisy readers to interpret the symbols. The book has photos. I left them in, both to preserve the pagination and in case anyone wanted them. However, they illustrate the text rather than add anything to it. In my opinion, they disrupt the flow of the text. At the very end of the book the photographer has given more detailed descriptions than I have of the pictures, and identified them by page number.
"I cast my line ..." but what does he catch? An umbrella! A charming story for young readers.
Dean chronicles the chaotic path to what could be one of the greatest natural disasters of modern times: the disappearance of the Atlantic forest in Brazil.
The author describes how he spent his teenage years climbing mountains in the United States, South America, Africa, and Asia, with an emphasis on his two expeditions up Mount Everest.
The author recounts the wake of his father's death when he was sixteen and reflects on families, farms, and rural life in the Midwest. His perspective on rural life in the Midwest elegantly weaves daily farm life with his own coming of age story, drawing readers from all walks of life into this brave and poignant work.
Wolf Magic for Kids gives young readers a solid framework for understanding this often misunderstood creature, the wolf. Why do wolves howl? Where do they live? Are they really dangerous? And why are they important to the survival of the planet? These questions and more are answered in the accessible text and spectacular photography of this attractive book.
This book for young readers tells about the Wolf. Its looks, how it hunts, the different kinds or "breeds" of wolves, and gives some little known facts about this hunter. An excellent book for a book report. This file should make an excellent embossed braille copy.
How do wolves hunt? Which fox acts like a cat? Which fox can climb trees? What are Golden Jackals good for? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in this fascinating look at the the family of wild dogs.
This book assesses Alaskan wolf and bear management programs from scientific and economic perspectives. Relevant factors that should be taken into account when evaluating the utility of such programs are identified. The assessment includes a review of current scientific knowledge about the dynamics and management of large mammalian predator-prey relationships and human harvest of wildlife in northern ecosystems, and an evaluation of the extent to which existing research and management data allow prediction of the outcome of wolf management or control programs and grizzly bear management programs. Included is an evaluation of available economic studies and methodologies for estimating the costs and benefits of predator control programs in Alaska.
Lone Wolf: A wolf mother has given birth, but the warm bundle snuffling next to her brings only anguish. The pup, otherwise healthy, has a twisted paw, and the mother knows what the harsh code of the pack demands. Her pup will be taken from her and abandoned on a desolate hill. The pack cannot have weakness - the wolf mother knows that her pup is condemned to die. But alone in the wilderness, the pup, Faolan, does not perish. This his story - a story of survival, of courage, and of love triumphant. This is Faolan's story, the wolf pup who rose up to change forevever the Wolves of the Beyond. Shadow Wolf: The wolf pup Faolan was born with a twisted paw, a slight defect that caused his wolf clan to abandon him in the forest to die. But Faolan, with the help of the grizzly bear who raised him as her own, survived. Now he's made it back to his clan as a gnaw wolf, the lowest ranking pack member. And the hardships are just beginning. Another gnaw wolf, Heep, is jealous of Faolan and sets him up for failure. As if these humiliations are not enough, Faolon is framed for the murder of a wolf pup. Can Faolan catch the culprit in time and prove he deserves to be a full member of the clan? Watch Wolf: Born with a twisted paw, Faolan was abandoned as a wolf pup and left to die. But not only did he survive and make it back to the wolf clan, he proved himself to be one of the worthiest wolves of all. But just as Faolan is about to take his place on the revered Watch, a bear cub is stolen. The bears blame the wolves, and a war is coming... unless Faolan can track down a traitor and rescue the bear cub in time.
An Account of the Exploration of the Nascaupee and George Rivers.
"Luminous. . .Filled with profound and upsetting ideas like the Burgess Shale itself and just as solid. It is surely one of nature's best stories, told with a light touch by a master of the field".--Lewis Thomas, M.D.
A daughter explains the processes her and her father went through to build their dog house.
A look at a hunter and trapper who learned lessons by the animals he encountered and the sled dogs he trained and raced
Gary Paulsen has had a life as exciting as fiction!Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor author, is no stranger to adventure. 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. He has led a team of sled dogs toward the Alaskan Mountain Range in an Iditarod -- the grueling, 1,180-mile dogsled race -- hallucinating from lack of sleep, but he determined to finish. Here, in vivid detail, Paulsen recounts several of the remarkable experiences that shaped his life and inspired his award-winning writing.
A charming memoir in which the author tells about building her own log cabin, surviving harsh winters, living affably with nature, and thoroughly enjoying and beautifully describing this part of her life.
"Johannes' book ... beautifully illustrates the encyclopedic knowledge of practical sea lore possessed by traditional fishers, a knowledge that may still not be equaled by the scientific inventory of reef life in many island groups." - William C. Clarke, The Contemporary Pacific
By focusing on a set of critical issues and case studies, this book explores of the polarized debate over production-oriented forestry and the chances of achieving forest conservation through sustainable management.
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