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on March 2, 2010
This is the final Helen Hoover book to be reviewed, and I'm frankly sad to leave her wilderness Eden until the next future re-read.

The Long-Shadowed Forest is different in scope from Hoover's previous books (A Place in the Woods, The Years of the Forest and The Gift of the Deer), all three of which described Helen and Ade Hoover's life and nature observations while living in the Minnesota wilderness during the 1950's-early 1970's. Rather, this offering reads more like a primer, as Helen briefly but beautifully describes all manner of nature she comes into contact with- whether it is a lowly slime mold or her beloved deer. In Helen's eyes, the natural world didn't have heros and villians. She was just as willing to feed, observe and enjoy the hawk as she was to do the same with the hawk's dinner entree, the chipmunk.

I'd say that if you are at all interested in picking up any of Helen Hoover's books, save this one for last, as it's more instructional and less personal in scope.
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on March 3, 2012
This is the last of Helen Hoover's nature books written for adults; it is just as wonderful as the other three. This particular book is more informative about her little Eden plus the world around her. Welcome again to Mother Earth, compliments of Mrs Hoover. The cute drawings throughout the books, compliments of Ade Hoover.

The last chapter is about the bilding of the earth and how it all came about. Helen Hoover tells of how she finds a piece of stone which brings her to think back to the earth's beginnings and how cave people lived in nature with wild animals and had to compete with them. But modern man is trying to conquer nature, but will he ever be successful. Mrs Hoover feels the earth should be honored and respected. This is a formidable chapter.

Mrs Hoover writes much about the birds and describes them, their colors, their sizes, their markings. She states birds, with their beautiful colors and songs, are much more. They rid the earth of many destructive insects and bugs that eat and kill trees, plants, other growing things. Bats, that many people are afraid of, are also beneficial to nature, dine on insects and also have their place. When I look out my window at my birdfeeder, Helen's expert and detained descriptions help me identify which birds are dining out there. Mrs. Hoover tells her readers to love and respect Mother Earth.

Mrs. Hoover writes of all the beautiful plants jumping out of the ground. She discusses the difference between the barren winter ground and trees and the lush summer and full green world. Mrs Hoover writes of the tiny fungus, tiny unnoticed animals, little forgotten living creatures. She writes of her love for all animals, predators as well as prey because she realizes this is part of nature, of how life goes. And she tells her readers of how much joy she has received from watching animals, how much fun these creatures are to watch.

All in all, this book is very informative. Readers can learn much from her writings.

Visitors keep your tame animals out of the woods. Dogs and cats may come to grief. They also are harmful to baby wildlife.

Helen Hoover died in a hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, she was seventy four years old. The wild world has lost a great voice.
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on January 2, 2014
...I enjoy reading about it. Helen Hoover ranks up there with my old favorite Sigurd F. Olson, and new found MN wilderness author Daniel J. Rice, THIS SIDE OF A WILDERNESS. Reading these books is like being there, hearing the breeze through the trees, watching a deer, and feeling the paddle cut through water. When I can't be there in the first person, I take a book to the couch and transport myself there. Long-Shadowed forest is as good as any for my vicarious voyages into the woods...
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on August 13, 2014
I first read this book during my early teen years, along with 2 others from Ms Hoover. Sadly, Ms Hoover & her husband have left us many years ago...
Oddly, the values contained in these books have sustained and enlightened many decisions in my adult life (I'm now 51).

I strongly recommend these for their simple, intrinsic approach to life & the nature surrounding us. Hopefully, they will help you find what is essential to your existence.
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on February 24, 2011
This one is a page turner. Defferent from the other type of writing that I enjoy. Helen and her husband make the northern woods of Minnesotta come to life.
Warren
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on February 15, 2015
I don't know how good Helen Hoover's books are... I couldn't finish reading any of her writing without falling asleep. She has a wonderful depth of knowledge - about Nature. But there is nothing enjoyable or meditative about reading her books. Sentences with 20+ words. Paragraphs with 10 or more sentences. Her writing is at the same level as a college-level textbook. If you want to learn about Nature AND enjoy the reading, read any of Sigurd F. Olson's books... Pure lyrical poetry that reflects the many moods of the North Woods as the seasons change.
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on December 27, 2014
All Ms. Hoover's books are excellent!
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on May 9, 2015
Beautiful, lyrical, evocative....this book is for those who love the earth and it's creatures, plants, fungii,,, and human inhabitants.....
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on July 7, 2015
Service from seller was great. Did not care for this book and I am a huge fan of Mrs. Hoover.
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on November 29, 2014
Great book.
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