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North Woods Girl

"When Grandma tucks her pants into her oversized boots and grabs her walking stick, I run to catch up," reports a young girl charmed by her visits to Grandma's north woods home. Their walks take them through the seasons, to a pond with a downed tree just right for sitting, to a garden lush with tomatoes ready for canning, through a snowy nighttime woods where the only sounds are the squeak of boots on snow and the hooting of a distant owl. Whatever the month, there are plenty of woodland critters to observe: squirrels or rabbits or deer, geese or goldeneyes or mergansers.

Time with Grandma teaches about quiet observation, generous sharing of resources, the beauty of the forest and pond at any hour. Grandma is the quintessential north woods girl, breathing deep the piney scents, relishing the chirping activity of her animal neighbors. Small wonder that her admiring granddaughter is inspired to follow in her footsteps. With a tale as understated as Grandma herself, Aimee Bissonette shares a message of appreciating the treasures of our natural surroundings, brought to life by Claudia McGehee’s colorful scratchboard artistry.

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"The scratchboard and watercolor artwork enhances the beauty of this heartwarming story about the love this little girl has for nature and her grandmother. The scenes are cozy because of how the starry skies, the wildlife, and the abundance of trees surround the main characters on every page. This is a powerful intergenerational story about how a grandmother came to be a role model for her granddaughter." — Tanya Boudreau, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 7
Author Aimee Bissonette
Illustrator Claudia Mcgehee
ISBN 0873519663
Publication Date Oct 1, 2015
Publisher Minnesota Historical Society Press
Language English