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Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids Paperback – February 5, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Farcountry Press; First edition (February 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560372737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560372738
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 9.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Sure, there are plenty of other books about scats and tracks. My goal was to make one that was fun for kids. They'll enjoy reading about Michael and Emily's vacation and get all kinds of fascinating trivia from the "Straight Poop" sidebars scattered throughout the book, and they'll learn while they do it! Eli and I did our best to make it fun, and the team of rangers and naturalists that proofread the book kept it accurate. If your children ever wondered what critter left that pile of droppings, then they need a copy of "Who Pooped in the Park?"

About the Author

Author Gary D. Robson lives with his wife and two children on a small ranch in Montana, near the northeast corner of Yellowstone Park. He has written over 200 nonfiction articles, 5 books, and a stack of computer manuals in addition to the "Who Pooped in the Park" series. He received his teaching credential in 1987, and has taught computer courses at several colleges. Gary and his wife own an independent bookstore in Red Lodge, Montana.

Illustrator Elijah Brady Clark lives in Bozeman, Montana, where he recently graduated from Montana State University with a degree in fine arts and graphic design. He has worked as an illustrator and designer in the Gallatin Valley for four years. He grew up in the Flathead Valley near Glacier National Park and moved to Bozeman in 1999. He spends most of his time enjoying his two favorite passions, art and the outdoors.


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Clever idea and a very informative book.
VLD13
Then the parents take the kids on a hike to teach them how to find out which animals have been where by identifying all kinds of marks, especially scat (POOP!!!).
BookLover
And the story of the traveling family is cute and easygoing.
Randalph

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Randalph on March 18, 2005
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Lighthearted and fun, this book manages to be highly informative without bogging down.

I grew up wanting to be a "true" woodsman, but every book on tracking and animal scat identification I have ever seen reads like a college textbook -- certainly no fun for a kid to read. This one is different.

Written as the story of a family visiting Yellowstone Park, "Who Pooped?" hits all the bases. The kids learn how to identify the scat of the major critters in the park -- and, for example, why wolf scat has hair in it. They also learn how to identify the tracks of those same animals, with helpful details, like how to tell the difference between the tracks of elk and moose. The author has a great knack for making it all sound so simple and easy, while giving readers a great deal of information.

The most helpful stuff is the "background" on the animals. When you learn that mountain lions can keep their claws retracted, it is suddenly much easier to tell the difference between a wolf track and a mountain lion track. There are little tidbits all through the book, called "Straight Poop," with enough expert information to please parents who want a trip to be educational. And the story of the traveling family is cute and easygoing.

I must admit to an irresistible temptation to ask the author for a companion volume, one on identifying the tire tracks of monster SUVs in the parking lots of Yellowstone. Of course it should be titled "Who Parked in the Poop?"

-Randalph
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn V. Medendorp on March 29, 2009
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This book truly will help my grandchildren identify scat and tracks. I would give this book a full five stars except it begins with a little boy who is frightened of grizzly bears. My 6-year-old granddaughter doesn't need any suggestion of being afraid of grizzlies. Her older brothers (ages 12 and 13) will adore the in-depth discussion of poop! We'll need to set aside several hours for tracking while we're at Yellowstone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacx VINE VOICE on June 7, 2008
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Reads like s a story with a family going to the park. Good for kids to read on the way there so its fresh in their minds. Nice drawing, wish there had been real photos also.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By desertrose on February 2, 2006
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I just want to add on to Randalph's great review that my four year old grandson loves this book. It's now one of his favorite books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joni L. Ewers on January 15, 2012
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I bought this book for my niece about the area we live in. She loves it and I bought one for my nephew too. It is a good book to learn about what animals are around and how to know what they are based on the droppings! Plus, kids love books about poop!ha
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VLD13 on February 20, 2009
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My friend recommended this book to me since we're headed to Yellowstone NP. I can see where you can really use this book to see what kind of wildlife is around you at the park. I appreciated that it was written for specifically the animals found in Yellowstone. Clever idea and a very informative book. I'd get the other "Who Pooped in..." books for our other travels in the future.
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Very cute children's book and very tastefully written. ALSO they print one of these for the Smoky Mountains that is just as good if not better.
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