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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Aeterna (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444412280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444412284
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,904,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Naturalist William J. Long (1857-1952) was also the minister of the First Congregationalist Church in Stamford, CT. He would travel from Stamford in March, often with his two daughters Lois and Cesca, to "the wilderness" of Maine. They would stay there until the first snows of October, and sometimes all winter. He wrote of these wilderness experiences in books Ways of Wood Folk, Wilderness Ways, Wood-folk Comedies, Northern Trails, Wood Folk at School, along with many others. His earlier books were illustrated by Charles Copeland; two later ones were illustrated by Charles Livingston Bull. He believed that the best way to experience the wild was to plant yourself and sit for hours on end to let the wild "come to you; and they will!". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barnburner on September 21, 2012
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I have always looked for off the grid survival strategy since I was in the Army. This book helps the person who wants to live if the s.h.t.f. and we have no stores to depend on. We all need to get back to nature and our roots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. McIlvaine on February 3, 2014
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Chapters can be read individually. The author recollects his own experiences and encounters with wildlife😐in the North woods. He presents some facts and characteristics of the various animals he encountered. Some of his information I have never seen elsewhere. He even describes such tidbits as how he caught owls with simple local materials. I won't reveal the secret. Download the book and read it for yourself!
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For a free book, this was an enjoyable read. It's not a terribly long book, can be read in an afternoon, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in fanciful stories. I question how much is true and how much is embellished, but the stories are definitely entertaining.

I found this book when searching for early woodcraft literature. This book scarcely touches on actual woodcraft and falls more in the realm of the nature of wild animals and one old woodsman's interactions with them.

Without the original illustrations, there is definitely some left to be desired, and finding an original paper copy may better serve the reader. Overall, the price can't be beat and the content is a good bit of reading. It's worth the download. A solid 4 star book.
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My Grandfather read me these stories when I was a child. They have had a long lasting good affect. It's great to finally read them for myself so many years later. I plan on reading them to my Grandson.
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By Karen Massingale-Ewa on September 4, 2013
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Good short stories. They would make good bedtime reading for children that love nature, or adults for that matter. I know they were good entertainment for a few evenings for me. Very enjoyable.
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By Gypsy on September 3, 2013
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This is an interesting read, but not what I was expecting. Still, worth reading - can't beat the cost. If you like all things wilderness, you may enjoy this.
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By Wm on July 16, 2013
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I found the author to be very knowledgeable of the north woods. His descriptions of the animals was better than an old Disney documentary. The author had evidently spent a lot of time observing wild life. The wilderness was a different time and place a hundred years ago. I would recommend it to all readers.
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