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Someone Walks By: The Wonders of Winter Wildlife Paperback – October 30, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Productions-Johnna Hyde; softcover; hardcover, library binding edition (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980104564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980104561
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the northern woodland in winter, this picture book shows how a variety of animals adapt to the frigid, snowy environment. A wide variety of winter homes and coping skills are introduced, from the snapping turtle that “snoozes deep in mud, his heart a slow and lazy drum” to the mice, shrews, and voles traversing “crystal tunnels” beneath the snow. Poetic metaphors, internal rhymes, and repeated sounds give a lyrical tone to the prose. A typical double-page spread introduces several animals (mainly mammals, rodents, and birds) in a few lines of text and two collage illustrations that combine cut papers into effective compositions enhanced with ink drawings and watercolors for details and patterns. Each page includes a border showing the tracks of one or more featured beasts and birds. The concluding page offers a collection of animal factoids, tightly packed into one long paragraph. An attractive addition to school units. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Armchair Interviews -Review-

Delightful message. Beautiful illustrations. This author/illustrator has created a stunning trek across a Northern winter environment.Raven Productions of Ely Minnesota encourages children and adults to explore, enjoy and protect the natural world and share experiences with one another through storytelling, writing and art. The illustrations are bold and tell a story without a word. Animals are hiding on every page waiting for a child to find them. The cover art could be framed for its beauty. Home schooling parents could use this book for many days of lessons on animal s winter survival, hibernation and hunting for food. Any child and adult will find the story intriguing with the illustrations alternating between showing life on top of the snow and underground (like rivers, caves, etc.). The story moves quickly as we learn about all the animals found in the northwoods. Whether we are learning about day and night activities of mammals and birds, the give and take of nature is obvious. What does a porcupine eat? How do animals store up food for winter? What does it look like inside a bear s den with mother and cubs? Each above ground page focuses on one animal and its footprints border the page. Kids could practice drawing them. The title idea of someone walks by is answered at the end as two wolves howl from different directions, I am here to each other so the mates can connect. The wonderful way the author describes things like: Two wolves run and dance on moonlight paws racing with shoulders pressed together. You can see them run and almost feel their togetherness. Armchair Interviews says: This book is a wonderful combination of all three: story, storytelling and superb visuals. ----Armchair Interviews Connie Anderson ~ Dec. 2008

Midwest Book Review

How wild animals can survive throughout the winter months is always a fascinating subject for young readers. Deftly written and charmingly illustrated by Polly Carlson-Voiles, Someone Walks By takes as its enticement for children ages 5 through 10 a series of tracks in the snow. Following these tracks through the north woods in deep winter, children will learn how animals stay warm, eat, care for themselves, and move about when there is snow on the ground. From froze wood frogs, to a bear in her den with newborn cubs, to chipmunks in their shelters, to otters swimming under the ice, and so many more denizens of the deep woods, Someone Walks By is as informative as it is entertaining. Enhanced with a glossary defining different types of snow and other winter terminology, and also available in paperback edition, Someone Walks By is an enthusiastically recommended addition to school, community, and family library collection for children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Hall on March 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Someone Walks By" is one of those books that was so good I had to give it away (to prospective parents) as soon as I'd read it. What's rare is Ms. Carlson-Voiles' combination of very concentrated natural history lessons with utterly lovely illustrations. The language is distilled to such clarity that I paused several times to marvel at the way it speaks to both adult and child consciousness. I also wondered how she knows all this, as some of the animal lore seems so subtle. Now I am wishing for a companion book about subtropical forests!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul McNear on December 6, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A must for every family library,
is a glimpse inside the north woods in deep winter, a glimpse inside the lives
of the animals who live there, both above and below the ground.

With an expert precision of mosaic cut paper techniques, a keen sense of the
natural world and a gentle voice, Carlson-Voiles captures the lives and expression
of over twenty inhabitants of these woods, their means of survival, and their ability
to love.

This book is a fantastic gift for children, who will carry it with them throughout
their adult lives as will art lovers and lovers of the earth and her wildlife,
a treasure for any family library.
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Format: Paperback
The forest is alive and in and around and on top of the snow creatures are walking by. The rabbit hops through the deep snow, the otter makes his way carefully across the icy stream, and the red squirrel keeps a careful watch to see who will amble by next. There are many creatures hiding in the forest and no one could be certain of who would be walking by soon. Would the mother bear snuggling together asleep with her cubs in their den be next? Other snuggly creatures are in the forest too!

"Secure deep within the rock,
in a thin and perfect cave,
little brown bat and friends
snuggle and shiver together
in their winter sleep."

Polly Carlson-Voiles, a very talented collagist, brings winter forest life to life in this book. A little splash of watercolor to the collage is a marvelous touch to the art work. The storyline is very poetic and soothing. There is a large array of animals for children to look at and learn about and there is an "amazing fact" page in the back talking about animals who share a winter habitat and how they survive and thrive. Do I hear a raven squawking at us? "Kruk, Tok! Someone's coming. Take care!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book about how animals survive in winter. Tracks
of some mystery animal cross the winter worlds of many different species
of animals, revealing how they live in winter. The last page is full
of amazing factoids that make you want to know more. My
kindergarten age son was way into the animals and the tracks. it
triggered all these things he wanted to tell me about what he knew
about those animals and others. The artwork is amazing! It's like a
movie that you want to go see a bunch of times because it's packed
with so much you can't take it all in. What a rich and full winter
world! The art composition and style gives the feeling of a very
peaceful and quiet setting with a slight sense of a busy-ness in
nature that you don't really think is happening on a still winter day.
It makes you realize that winter is more than you think it is.
What a beautifully written and illustrated story.
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