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In the Woods: Who's Been Here?

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Cammy and William don't see any wildlife as they walk through the woods, yet there are signs everywhere that animals have been around. Help these young nature lovers Find the clues -- an empty nest, a fallen branch with the bark gnawed off, bleached bones by a cave, and more -- and join in guessing, "Who's been here?"
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 19th 1998 by Greenwillow Books (first published January 1st 1995)
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Two children take a peaceful walk through the woods and wonder: who else has been here. The children see lots of signs of wildlife but they don't see any of the animals. This book simplifies the signs that animals have been around taking one clue and then jumping straight to what animal was there on the next page. The clues are a little obscure and difficult to figure out, for example they see a little black cave in a rock and ask who's been here. My first guess was the obvious animal for a cave ...more
The animals are so vivid in these gouache painted illustrations. The animals could be found in woods of just about any area in the US. This book does include the circle of life so be prepared for animals eating other animals or bones left behind. A final page shows a small version of each animal with it's name and about a paragraph of information about each.
Sarah Adamson
I do enjoy these books and think that the illustrations are great and I love that she doesn't talk down to the kids on these everyday nature topics. However this book does contain two graphic violence scenes - a goshawk tearing a bluejay up and foxes eating a woodchuck. So it's real nature and read with care.
A beautifully illustrated walk through the woods, with the characters observing a northern oriole, red squirrel, monarch butterfly, snowshoe hare, goshawk, foxes, mud daubers and deer.
This large format "talk about" book works well in a story time about camping out or hiking or forest life. On the question page "who's been here" the illustrator looks through the child's point of view. The following double-page spread depicts a vibrant close-up from the "critter's" point of view.

When sharing this with young children you might ask what the animal / bird / insect is doing, what sound it makes, etc. You might also ask them to show with their hands or fingers how big or small the
This beautifully illustrated book is a perfect first nature guide. William and Cammie follow a trail in the woods, finding clues along the way that help them determine what bird or animal has been there ahead of them. They see an empty nest in an old cherry tree. Who's been here? The next page shows a picture of a northern oriole with its nestlings. Several other clues make this a happy and educational walk. At the end of the book is a page describing the various birds and animals mentioned in t ...more
Feras Nasser
This book helps students practice their skills of predicting, because it deliberately requires students to make predictions.
Two children go on a nature hike in the woods and discover many remains of animal activity. From bones to feathers to nests and more the children use the clues to learn about the residents of the forest. Readers are invited to guess which animals the clues point to and a breif paragraph about all of the animals featured in text follows the story.

About 50% of the animals were familiar to me while the other 50% were animals I learned a thing or two about.

Illustrations are photo realistic.

This is a great book to use in early elementary classrooms and can be used when kids go outside or for the start to a science lesson on plants and animals that live in the woods. It can be read and used to predict clues about an area on a path through the woods and what could be in that area, a bird, mushroom growth, etc. It's fun to read through and guess what will be coming next and gives great photos on the animal or plant that is discussed.
In the Woods follows two children who looked for clues in the forest to determine 'Who's Been Here?'. It was a great experience in making inferences and I would enjoy reading this with a child and trying to guess before turning the page. The answers were actually a bit tricky, but it spiked my curiosity about these animals.
Hannah Morrison
In the Woods is a great book to work with life science. I would love to read it and take my students on a nature walk to look for signs of wildlife. The text is not overly complicated and there is no jargon to wade through. Great for science/literacy integration.
Great picture book to tie in with science or to use to teach the reading strategy of making inferences. Kids really liked it!
Beautiful pictures, but we found a couple of them a bit too graphic.
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