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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,836 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Gary Paulsen, Newbery Honor author of "Hatchet" and "Dogsong," 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 -- a 1,180-mile dogsled race -- hallucinating fr ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1990)
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Nick Kuechle
I just finished this book and I thought it was ok. The reason why I only gave this book three stars was because it was good, but it could have been better. I think part of the reason that it wasn't my favorite book was because the main person didn't believe in the same things I do.
The main character used to be a big time trapper until he realized the true beauty of nature. That is when he started understanding the way animals think compared to humans. That is when he got big into running sled
This is very good, but in some ways, a challenging read for what appears to be a children's book. The first half of the book is a series of short essays Paulsen wrote about training his sled dogs. He writes about odd things that happened to him while on runs and in the woods, the brutality of nature and what his dogs taught him. Some of the essays, actually, most of them, have one thing or another that was difficult to read. He really doesn't shy away from the ugly side of the natural world. Tha ...more
The book is a great book it catches the eye of all types of readers. It has very good detail in the plot and the setting along with the entire story line of the book. It also shows the bond between man, nature, and animals of all kinds, whether it be wildlife of dogs. The book starts off talking about a guy who knew nothing about the woods until it was too late . He had spent almost his entire life either in the woods or on the sea. At this point and time he doesn't understand why he is killing ...more
Listened to it on audiobook read by the author and it was great. Absolutely loved it. Paulsen was one of my favorite authors as a child and I am glad to see that my trust in him as an author was well-deserved. The descriptions of the cold were so chilling and unsettling that I had to turn this off a couple of times, but the honest tone about the brutal world of dogsledding made it all worthwhile.

I also deeply appreciated the mantra that Paulsen hammers home in this story -- the "I didn't know h
It's a good book but some of it is very descriptive for littler kids.
Nov 18, 2008 Devin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Devin by: teacher
people really do get thriugh hard times
Justin Meyer
The book "Woodsong" was about Gary going dogsled racing. In the first half of the book Gary tells about some experiences he had out practicing for the Iditarod. In one of them he said that when they were going his dogs stopped to look at something. To his surprise he got off to look to and what he saw was a deer standing up frozen solid. In another one he was going by a lake when all of a sudden a deer jumped over his dogs and chasing it onto the ice were a pack of coyotes. The deer fell through ...more
In the book Woodsong, the author Gary Paulson is writing about his adventure during the Iditarod with his sled dogs. The story focuses mainly on the hardships he faces during the race. The other main point was what he learned from his dogs. He learned that he shouldn’t trap or hunt living animals anymore because they deserve to live and since his dogs never hurt humans, so why would he want to kill the animals? He wanted to get to know the wilderness better so he decides to run the Iditarod.
Matt Peitso
Woodsong by Gary Paulson, type of book is biography, the subject about this book is how he lives, how he lives out in the wilderness out in the snow. only him and his dog team.

What i think Gary was trying to make you do is feel the emotions and make you feel that you were there in snow telling the dog to mush. To make you feel that your on the sled controling the dogs listening to every action they make and every breath they take. This book fits into a biography because 1 this story is true. 2
Snapshot: Thirsty for adventure but with no idea how to quench it? Woodsong will only intensify your itch for exploration. Known for his award-winning adventure-filled novels, Gary Paulsen's memoir detailing his dog-sledding history may be more exciting than his fiction. The book is divided in half, the first section filled with stories of experiencing the wild through various animal encounters. The second half is a day-by-day account of his first attempt at the famous Iditarod dog-sled race acr ...more
“In Tune with the Team and the Arctic”

Paulsen’s choice of the word SONG—see WOODSONG and DOGSONG—goes beyond the expected audible and musical implications, as it embodies man and animals’ in-touch-ness with both static and living aspects of the natural world. Less a cohesive story with a clearly defined plot and anticipated character development book proves reveals the author’s reflective observations of his own maturation—as a musher and as a human being. With gritty honesty Paulsen chronicles
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In the book Woodsong by Gary Paulsen, he is the main character and a dog sled leader in the Iditarod race. He loves his dogs so much and is very close with them. They fight through the cold and arctic wilderness and go through tough challenges together. The dogs teach Gary so much throughout the book. They tell him to keep going and to not let things overcome him even if it’s hard to do so. Nothing will stop Gary and his dogs from giving it their all and not giving up.
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Chris F
In Woodsong, the main character named Gary connects with his dogs and trains them for a race called the Iditarod. He is always in the woods riding with his dogs training them for the big race. Gary is always telling wise stories and talking about the mistakes he has made in the past. The book is very action packed and always keeps you on your toes wanting to read on. Gary has many struggles in the book but always ends up overcoming them with the help of his dogs who are always present in the boo ...more
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In the book Woodsong, by Gary Paulson, Gary is a competitive musher and competes in races. In the first half of the book, Gary tells many exciting stories about him and his dogs along with the intense training they go through together. An example is when Gary and his team are training for the Iditarod and when they cut a corner, the sled slipped and Gary went flying off into a gully separating his knee cap.
Gary’s lead dog Storm is always working harder than the other dogs, has a
Jackson Melton
In Woodsong, by Gary Paulson, the story of Gary Paulson’s life as a dogsled runner is told. The story focuses mainly on the dogs that he would run with, their personalities, stories about running them, and what they taught him about the wilderness. When the book begins he is a man living with a wife, and a son in a small house in northern Minnesota. They are very poor because his writing career hasn’t taken off yet and he has to take other jobs to be able to live. Then when the state is having p ...more
The memoir "Woodsong" by Gary Paulsen is mainly about his experiences while working with animals in nature such as dogs, cats, chicken, sheep and so forth. Throughout his encounters with nature, he realizes human beings are animals too, and are no different than any other creature. His relationships with his dog teams especially changed his life, and taught him spectacular things about friendship, unity, trust, respect and honor. At the end of the book, Gary Paulsen journals his first person acc ...more
Unlike many other of Gary Paulsen’s novels, Woodsong is not a fictional story; it contains instead several thematically related experiences from Paulsen’s own life. He tells of his experiences learning about dogs, how to travel by dogsled and grow close to these animals, how to live in the woods, and finally he concludes with the story of his first time racing the Iditarod. The subject matter of this novel was, frankly, unappealing to me, and as a resul
The book Woodsong is similar to that of a diary. Gary Paulsen recaps several events that happened throughout a certain time in his life and explains how they affected him. In this particular book, Paulsen is a dog runner in central Alaska who lives with his wife and some 50 plus animals. As usual, he uses extreme detail, which helps the reader to imagine everything from the smell of the dogs breath to the taste of 50 degrees below freezing Celsius. All through the book, it seems that the dogs ar ...more
Kim Hershey
Stunning first half; tedious second half.
Carter Gill
I love this book! I would start it, but never finish it. I am glad I chose to read it all the way through this time! Its a really good book about Gary Paulsen (the author of the book) He wrote this biography about himself and a how he cares for his sled dogs so much. Its basically about him taking his sled team and heading out in the woods. He explains with great detail about the experiences he had whilst he was in the woods. This is absolutely one of my new favorite books! My favorite part the ...more
Jackson Grow
Title- Wood Song

Author- Gary Paulson

Did I like the book- I did like the book, it was very unique and sometimes sad at times.

I liked the book because- I liked the book because, like I said, I thought it was very unique because it was about surviving in the harsh weather.

Setting- The setting of the book was in the harsh winters of the north. Together with his dogs, hunting in the snowy woods for food. Also the story takes place in Minnesota in Alaska.

Main Characters- Paulsen, Paulsen's wife, and h
I just read the book Woodsong it is 132 pages and it is non fiction. The author is Gary Paulsen. Overall I think the book was really good and it made me want to keep reading and excited to turn the page and see what happens next. I would recommend it if you like books that are mostly in the outdoors with animals. Summary: In the beginning of the book the main charecter (Gary Paulsen) just got three dogs from his friends and a old broken sled dog sled. He fixes the sled and gets a couple more dog ...more
Woodsong, by Gary Paulsen, was one of the many astonishing novels Paulsen has written. Although the book confused me at parts, it painted an image in my head of Alaska, where Paulsen was dogsledding. The book never stopped giving new stories and adventures Paulsen experienced. It felt like I was there too, dogsledding in the middle of Alaska in the cold. The book gave me a whole different view on nature, animals in particular. The writing is confusing in some parts because it is difficult to tel ...more
Meghan Klyczek
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen is definitely a read worth-while. I personally am a huge fan and have a huge love of dogs, thus why this book truly engaged me. Paulsen describes some of the conditions that he endured with his sled dogs. He also talks about the incredible inseparable bond between a person and their best friend, a dog. It is a true story, where Paulsen shares his experiences and survival he went through in Minnesota, as well as in Alaska. The part I liked most about Woodsong was the diff ...more
If you liked Hatchet...(or maybe just THINK you liked it, because you haven't read it since junior high, and you remember that a hatchet featured prominently, and being stranded in the wilderness, but not much beyond that) then you'll love Gary Paulsen's TRUE LIFE adventures in the woods of Minnesota and Alaska!
That's how I felt this book was being marketed, but as it turns out, I really did like the grown-up, non-fiction version of Paulsen's writing better. He occasionally waxed poetic (with o
I read lots of Gary Paulsen's books when I was younger. I ordered a classroom set of "Woodsong" this year as an example of autobiography, nonfiction, and personal narrative. We did not get to them before school ended, so I picked it up and read it on my own. Loved it! Paulsen has such an ability to relate human experiences with nature. Anyone interested in sled dogs, northern winters, the Iditarod, or just coming to terms with the "wildness" of nature will find this a quick and fun read.
Exhilarating NF about wilderness, endurance and…dogs. Bittersweet with some gross-out humor. Fascinating. Paulsen has won awards for his teen fiction. With Woodsong he tries his hand at NF. The book is filled with lovely (and sometimes terrifying) glimpses into his life living on the edge of wilderness in Minnesota running his dogs. It finishes with an accounting of his first Iditerod.
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen is one of my all-time favorite books for kids and students. I read it many times with my 6th and 7th grade students and created a unit around the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. The book is a non-fiction biography of Gary Paulsen's true adventures while in the wilderness training dogs to run the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. The book captures the reality of the adventure, and the trials and tribulations training for the race and the 1180-mile run with the dogs. As ...more
3 1/2 - 4 stars

I enjoyed this autobiography of Gary Paulsen. His writing style is unique--abrupt and vivid at times, ethereal at others--and very fitting with the subject matter.

Focusing on Paulsen getting a dog team together and then training for and running the Iditarod, this book shows the terrible brutality found only in nature juxtaposed with the beauty and tranquility that also can only be found in nature.

Reading about the encounters he has had with wildlife and his experiences with getti
This book was amazing! It tells about the relationships of most people and pets, especially dogs. This also tells about how author Gary paulsen has competed in the iditarod and all the things he went through about his dogs and his experience with iditarod, amazing! A must read for everyone of all ages!
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