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Shelterwood Paperback – April 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884482561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884482567
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,560,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-Sophie's grandfather is a conscientious logger, caring for his woods in the hope that they will last for generations to come. When the child spends the summer with him, he begins to pass on his knowledge, teaching her to tell the different trees apart, what they need to grow and thrive, and about woodland ecology. The narrative alternates between the nostalgic and the pedantic, too contemplative to work well as a read-aloud and too loosely episodic to hold independent readers' attention. Though information-packed, the text, does not smoothly meld fact and story. The illustrations are another case entirely. Lovely and impressionistic, these oils are rendered in a combination of broad, blurred strokes and clear detail that bring the woods to life. They give the narrative a context and atmosphere that it might otherwise lack. Shelterwood may be best used in teaching situations in which ecological issues are under discussion. Not many other books take on an illustration of the difference between clear-cutting and selective logging. For other, more readable introductions to the subject, try Jane Yolen's Owl Moon (Philomel, 1987).
Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

In this picture book set in Maine, a woman recalls the time spent with her grandfather as a girl, when she learned about nature and the proper stewardship of the land. The story moves from one remembered encounter with the natural world to another, with the grandfather serving as the guide. Matching the quiet simplicity of the words are McCall's oil paint illustrations. Painted with a soft, impressionistic quality, they evoke not only the changing light and moods of the woods, but also the feel of distant and cherished memories. Particularly striking is a deceptively simple picture of two birch trees at twilight. At the end of the book, the girl learns how proper care of the land can lead to the regeneration of the forest, even after logging. A striking and effective natural history. A teacher's guide is available. Todd Morning --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Simmons on January 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly beautiful book! The story is simple - a grandfather teaches his granddaughter about the trees and animals in the forest. The text and superb illustrations convey the gentleness of the grandfather/granddaughter relationship as well as the beauty of the forest and need for stewardship. I loved it!
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This book carries the air of reality with an air of mysticism that has a real lesson on the importance of nature and our relation to the natural world. A good reminder for all ages.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Brown on July 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Rebeccasreads highly recommends SHELTERWOOD, illustrated by Rebecca Haley McCall as a perennial joy. A story to be read every year, no matter where you live. This artist's images are endearing & memorable, as is what Susan Hand Shetterly has to teach about what timber loggers do, the forest in which they work & the creatures who live there.

Outstanding!
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