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Who's Been Here?: A Tale in Tracks

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  11 reviews
In this fun-filled book, a rambunctious golden retriever takes a winter walk and leaves his paw prints in the snow. But there are other tracks, too, and none of them matches his. One by one, readers find out what animals made the tracks. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 5th 2008 by Down East Books
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Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Take a walk through a wintry setting and find out what three children and their dog discover has been there before them. Each illustration is framed with branches (as you can see on the cover too) and outside that frame readers will see the tracks close up. Animals range from cats to turkeys to bears! It is an exciting walk in the woods indeed.

The illustrations are charming in their rustic style framed by the woodsy branches. The book is a winning combination of information and guessing game. It
The Library Lady
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
This had great potential for a story hour. But the pictures are too blurry and having the footprints as page frames, rather than a bold single illustration on a page makes it unusable with younger kids and I'm not sure if it will even work with a preschool group.

As a lap book it will work fine. But even there, I'd rather have seen a different design--it would have been a lot more compelling.

Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
The potential of this story existed, but the choice of words did not make the storyline flow. I did like the use of the tracks flowing over the page so one could guess the animal that had been there. There are better winter stories with the animal track theme than this one. Sorry, but I didn't care for it. ...more
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Book set in wintertime follows the trail of a golden retriever named Willy as he explores in the snow, finding animals tracks on each page. Children can guess from hints/illustrations what type of animal created the tracks. Fun!
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
The concept of this book is fantastic, basic tracking skills, but the illustrations were kind of..well...blah.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Take a winter trek through the woods and try to figure out which animals have been roaming in the snow!

Great for preschool storytime.
May 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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This is a cute book showing what animals make the different looking tracks in the snow. My daughter had fun trying to guess what animals made the tracks.
Tina B
Dec 10, 2009 rated it liked it
"winter, animal tracks, dogs, skunk spray" ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Love this book set in winter time. It works great for listeners to guess what animals tracks they might be seeing on the next page, if they look carefully at the clues in the illustrations.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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This was a perfect choice for a winter animals storytime at the library last week. Like how the text gives clues as to which animal may have made the tracks.
Lynn Prosen
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Feb 07, 2015
I like children’s books about tracks — science/nature mixed with a puzzle/guessing game mixed with spatial intelligence. This one has a slightly weird vibe though that kinda made me laugh. The dog looks ... concerned a lot. And then by the end — spoilers, I guess (but not really, come on) — is sprayed by a skunk and locked outside. The three children look at him with a sort of grim guilt. They are not going to let him in, even though there are inches of snow outside. He looks on with despair. Hi ...more
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Fran Hodgkins always loved nature and science, and loved writing as well, so it seemed only logical that she would grow up to write about science and nature for children. Her first book, The Orphan Seal, received the Henry Bergh Children's Book Award from the ASPCA. Her book How People Learned to Fly is an exemplar in the Common Core ELA standards.

Fran has written more than 20 books for young read

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