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Very, very good - but don't start with this one from Hoover
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.