Saturday, April 23, 2016

Woodsong Review




Now that we have completed the reading of Gary Paulsen’s book Woodsong, it’s your turn to tell the world what you think about the book. We have read gory details, humorous details, adventurous details and true life details. 

What do you think about the book? 

What do you think about the writing style of Gary Paulsen? 

Are there parts you especially liked or parts you really didn’t like? Explain your opinion. 

Did you like the memoir genre? 

The questions above are just ideas. You get to write anything about the book that you want to tell. You have to be sure that you have evidence for your opinion because an opinion without support means very little. 


Create a strong piece of writing that lets people know what you think about the book. Use good spelling, conventions and correct paragraphing. Give this some thought and produce a piece you will be proud to have others read. As always, let’s comment on each other’s work and get a great discussion going about Gary Pauslen’s book, Woodsong





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    1. I agree John. He is older than I imagined him to be! I thought he was in his 40s or 50s when he ran the Iditarod. But no, he looks about 70 or 80!

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    2. In my opinion, he looks like he would be a loving and caring father.

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    3. I thought Gary Paulsen would be about 40 or 50! he is kind of old!

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    4. Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939. So, how old is he now? His birthday is coming; we should eat cake in his honor!

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    5. Paulsen is 76! WOW!

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    6. He is in good shape for a man his age!

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    7. he is older than he looks! usually it's the other way around!

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    1. Try this website

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Paulsen

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  3. I think Woodsong is a great book! There is humor in the parts where Gary Paulsen's wife had to where a helmet when a grouse mother named Hawk is actually scaring everyone that lives on Gary's property. She is trying to protect her babies from the other creatures. For example, in Gary's writing his wife tried to get some vegetables for the family and, Hawk attacked her. Also, her babies were lifting Hawk off the ground. In the mysteries of Gary Paulsen's world he says that there was this glowing stump and he was very curios. But the ironic thing about this is when one of Gary's dogs wet on the glowing stump. And he thought it was a ghost! There was I moment in the Iditarod race when Gary Paulsen actually ate a lot of paper bowls of beef chili in the Iditarod race. This became possible when one of his dogs did not want to eat anymore of the food he gave the dogs. So, he gave up all of his food to the dog. When he ran out of food he started to eat butter. Later on in the book, after he left the village where they gave him the chili he let out a lot of gas that even the dogs had to look back at him.
    There were also gross things about his book, too. I did not like all of the descriptions in the book although the book was very amazing. I did not the description of guts being ripped out of the poor dear’s body in the first chapter. Also, when Gary threw up his dogs actually ate the barf!
    I like how Gary tells the reader about the nature hat is surrounding him with very great details. To me the image just pops up in my mind as I read the text. I very much like Gary’s writing style! I truly like this book.

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    1. Zoey, I think you made an amazing blog post! I totally agree that some parts of this book were gross. Again fabulous job creating a great summary of Woodsong!

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    2. Great conclusion sentences, Zoey!

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    3. Paulsen does paint strong images in a reader's mind, that's for sure!

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  4. I agree Zoey that when Gary tells the reader about the nature that is surrounding him, with very great details, the image just pops in my head also.

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  5. I think Woodsong was a great book! Woodsong was a very adventurous book. It also had lots of humor in it, such as the part of the Iditarod where Wilson, Gary Paulsen’s lead dog, sucked on the bootie he was wearing because it had defrosted soda from a bottle of soda on Gary Paulsen’s sled that had froze, burst, floated into the bootie, and refroze. Gary Paulsen defrosted the soda, but the smell and taste was still there. So Gary Paulsen had to ride into a checkpoint of a famous race with his lead dog running on three legs. Another humorous part was when Wilson would fall over every 40 paces or so out of pure boredom of the tundra they were in at the time. So every 40 paces, Gary Paulsen would say ‘Willy!’ to keep Wilson awake during the tundra. One of the adventurous parts of the story was during the practice run. The sled team had found a new trail which was near a frozen waterfall. Unfortunately, the sled and the team were separated, and Gary Paulsen fell down the waterfall, losing his kneecap in the process. Therefore, I think Woodsong was a great book.

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    1. Good mix of recognizing the humor and the "messy" parts, too, Tommy!

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    2. I agree with Leina. You wrote amazing details, Tommy!

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  6. I liked the book Woodsong. Besides for some gross parts, like the doe that gets her guts ripped out of by wolves, Woodsong is incredible. There are some funny parts like when Hawk, the Banty chicken, was guarding Gary Paulsen's backyard from a woodpile. If anything went even a little close to her chicks, she would nail that thing in the head. I personally like this because it has to do with sports. Anything that has to do with sports is the kind of book I like to read. The bloody parts where like, Gary Paulsen rips his kneecap, or where Storm squirts blood, I feel very sick, especially after lunch.
    Gary Paulsen was descriptive in this book. He explained every detail, especially in the Iditarod. He made me feel like I was running the Iditarod. Each dog in this book seemed to have a personality, and the dogs taught him lessons. My personal favorite was Storm. I like him because I think it is cool for a dog to have a sense of humor like Storm did. I also liked that earlier in the book, Storm knew that the stove Gary Paulsen was trying to carry on the sled, was too heavy, and sat there watching the stove as the other dogs tried to pull. Another reason why I like Storm is because he is a “honest dog.” He wouldn’t stop pulling even when he was squirting blood. Woodsong is a book that I will aways remember.

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    1. I agree William! I also felt sick when I read about the bloody parts. Eww!

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    2. I like your observations, William. I too, like Hawk and that Storm was not happy about pulling the heavy stove. You also noted some nasty parts, yet, nature can be nasty, at times. Some must die so that others may live. Paulsen describes it and holds nothing back!

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    3. You wrote so much information, William! Those parts were very gross in my opinion like Leina. Good job though!

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  7. I think that Woodsong is a rather interesting book. I think this because, so many events occur. Once I read once chapter, I really want to read the next one. I feel as if my life depends on it. The happenings are quite unexpected. In the beginning, Gary Paulsen was just a man that trained running dogs. Then, he went into this famous race called the Iditarod. However, he was unique and unlike the other racers. He didn't care about winning. He just like the experience and getting to be with his dogs. This book is unlike any book that I have read before and this is why I liked it. I never knew what was coming next, and even when I did, it was very hard to figure out. I love Gary Paulsen's writing style because it is very descriptive. When I am reading his books, any of his books, I feel like I am experiencing it myself. I feel the sadness, hatred, joy, excitement, and all the other emotions that you can think of. I didn't even believe that it was possible to write so descriptively. It's amazing. I especially liked the part when Wilson, one of Gary Paulsen's running dogs, was sucking his foot due to soda that got spilled on his little doggie bootie. Since he was sucking one of his four paws, he was left with just three legs to run on. I am able to picture this in my mind and it is both hilarious and super cute. To imagine a dog sucking his little foot is unthinkable, incredible, unbelievable. Another humorous part in the book was in the Iditarod when every forty yards Wilson would just fall over. In my mind, I see Wilson running along having a happy life and then, he just falls over. The scene is so cute and funny! However, I did not like the extremely descriptive parts about the wolves tearing the organs out of the deer while it was still alive, and the parts where Gary Paulsen was bloody and his kneecap was torn out of place. I like the memoir genre that Gary Paulsen used. What I liked about it was that it wasn't super formal, I got to here his thoughts straight out. I was able to hear what he was thinking. This, I enjoyed.

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    1. You have addressed many parts of the book, Leina. Good noticing of the genre-it is less formal, and we do get to hear the writer's thoughts. Paulsen certainly lets us know his thoughts! Very vivid writer that Gary Paulsen is!

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    2. Great Job Leina

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    3. Great job Leina! You wrote so much great details in my opinion and had many great ideas! Good job.

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  8. I really like the book Wood Song. I like the story because it is so full of adventure that it made me want to run the Iditarod. It was interesting to read about the Iditarod as I went to an Iditarod kennel and training facility two years ago in Alaska.
    Gary Paulsen’s writing is very descriptive. Like when the red squirrel viciously killed the chipmunk. When Gary Paulsen said, “The squirrel looking at me over her kill, nose and front chisel teeth and muzzle dripping with blood,” it made me feel like I was watching this brutal event.
    I really liked the part when Gary was running the Iditarod. I liked it because there was wonderment and awe, humorous moments, and persisting. There was wonderment and awe when Gary Paulsen said, “At dawn break we break into the open from thick, dark forest and are treated to a spectacular sight. The sun coming over our right rear lights up the entire Alaska Range across our front. There are no clouds and the mountains, McKinley on the right, towering above us in white enormity.” A humorous part was when the soda exploded from the cold on to the dog booties. Then Wilson (a dog) cut the pad of his paw so Gary put a bootie on Wilson’s foot. Wilson smelt the soda and started to suck on the bootie while running. Another humorous part was when Wilson was so bored he would fall asleep while running. Gary Paulsen really persisted through the race. He didn’t stop even when there were brutal rumors that were very scary. There was a man that froze his nose and had to have it amputated, and another rumor was a woman went through the ice while crossing the Norton Pass.
    Another part of the book I really liked was the dogs. My favorite dog was Storm. Storm had a sense of humor and was very intelligent. He was amusing when he buried Gary’s hat in the snow, then smoothed the snow over with his paw. Storm was also very smart. He would take a stick while running and he kept the stick in his mouth for the whole ride if every thing was fine. If Gary did something wrong Storm would drop the stick by Gary’s feet and wouldn’t accept it back.
    I enjoyed the memoir genre because it is reading about somebody’s life and it was nonfiction. I really like non-fiction because I know that what I’m reading actually happened. This was a great real-life story about a sporting event, which is also one of my favorite subjects to read about. I recommend Wood Song!

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  9. I like that you found multiple Habits of Mind and discussed them here, Christian. What about that a wonderment and awe quote did you like? I agree with you that Paulsen definitely puts the reader right alongside him in all the events he tells us-both good and not so good!

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    1. I agree, there was a lot of adventure in this book. Great job, Christian!

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  10. I think Woodsong is a highly descriptive memoir that made me laugh one moment and cry the next. One of Gary Paulsen’s dogs, named Columbia, pushed a bone just outside of Olaf the dog’s circle. Olaf was straining against his chain and just barely touched the bone. Columbia sat back and laughed.
    This book also had many disgusting adventures. At one point Paulsen fell off a ledge and started kicking. A branch then snagged his knee and tore his kneecap completely off.
    A humorous part was when Paulsen slid down a waterfall that had frozen in the chilled temperature. At one point the temperature was sixty degrees below zero. I had a vivid picture in mind when I read that part of his running journey
    There were some sad parts in this book. One time Storm, one of his dogs, was gushing blood. He had eaten dog food containing sharp pieces of corn. I was melancholy when Storm passed away. His dogs howled the death song when this tragic event occurred. They have many of their own songs like “The come back and don’t go away” song.
    The dances are in this book several times and change throughout Woodsong. The dances are not something one can do or own. They are something one can interpret in many different ways. In my opinion, they represent how nature changes over time. Nature can be different in one place than in another. The experience in the rainforest is different than in the desert.

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    1. I really like your blog

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    2. Ana, you wrote amazing facts and I love all of your fantastic information! Outstanding job!

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  11. I thought Gary Paulsen's book "Woodsong" was okay. I liked the detailed gory parts because I could really imagine what was going on. The gory, vivid parts didn't happen much, but I also liked the humorous parts like when Wilson starts sucking his bootie with soda, which was funny because he was running with three legs. Wilson was dumber than a walnut and really nice, so that is why he was sucking his bootie. I think his story was interesting but I think he could have made it more entertaining.
    I liked the gory stuff the most, because I could feel like I was in the story, like I was Gary Paulsen. I felt the pain he felt like when he got his kneecap torn off, and I could see what he was seeing, like the parts when the deer got ripped apart by the wolves, or when the squirrel pulled the guts out of the chipmunk and ate it. "Woodsong" was a good gory book, but I think Gary Paulsen could've made other people like it more if he knew other people's opinion on reading.

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    1. There were certainly gory parts you could read in Woodsong! What opinion would you like Paulsen to know? If you could talk to him, what would you say?

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    2. I loved Woodsong, and Gary Paulsen’s descriptive writing. At the end of the book , I hated it. I hated it because I didn’t want the gory, descriptive writing to end, I didn’t want the Iditarod to end. Even though this book is gory, and when I thought it was disgusting, I missed it once the last word arrived for me to read. Gary Paulsen did a great job confusing us when we didn’t know if there were hallucinations or not, and getting the gory images into our minds. There were also humorous parts in Woodsong, like when Wilson was sucking on his foot. That was humorous because Wilson was running on three legs, and that must look very funny, at least in my mind. Another funny chapter was with Wilson again, but this time he randomly stopped in his tracks and fell asleep, so Gary had to repeat, “Willy?” over and over again for Wilson to wake up. One other humorous part in Woodsong is when Gary Paulsen is going to sleep and he saw the Eskimo man walk by wearing only long underwear. Also, it was funny when Gary’s wife had wore a bicycle helmet for protection from Hawk.
      I liked the gross and gory parts most because they made Woodsong more and more interesting in my opinion. Like when the frozen deer was standing and staring at where Gary was riding by. Another gory part was when Storm was squirting out bright red blood from his bottom, which I felt bad for him, however, luckily he survived. It was also gory when a red squirrel jumped down from the top of the brush pile and attacked the chipmunk reaching for the cookie. When Gary Paulsen was hacking up blood and mucus, I thought that was disgusting and I also felt bad for him. One other gross part was when Gary went through the gorge, known as “The Gut” or “The Chute.” That was when Gary was being dragged from his sled like a piece of meat, coming out being bloody. If I had a chance to talk to Gary Paulsen, I would ask, “In all the gross parts, how worried or scared were you?” Overall, this book was great. I would love to read his other books like Tracker or Hatchet. Even when the book ended, I cried because I didn’t want Gary to finish the Iditarod either.

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    3. Yes, Rhys. I too love the gory parts.

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    4. I agree with most of your opinion.

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    5. That is so much fantastic information, Lauryn! Outstanding job!

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    6. Thank you! When I did this on Google Docs, it didn't look as big as it does on here.

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  12. I really like the beginning of your blog, Lauryn! You contrast the love and the hate you had very nicely! You discuss many parts of the book, and it was fun remembering them all through your piece. Nice job!

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  13. The book "Woodsong" was a great book about animals, nature, and the Iditarod. I have never really been interested in sled dogs and the Iditarod, but reading this memoir taught me that I should explore subjects that I have never even thought about learning. There are so many perspectives of nature and its ways, but Gary Paulsen showed us that in the long term we "are nothing better and nothing worse than any animal in the woods." This quote taught us that we should never think too highly of our selves because we all have souls and it is the appearance we are judging. For, we are animals too.

    I like Gary Paulsen's style of writing because I can experience the situations he talks about, just like I was there. For example, Gary was running the Iditarod and he was explaining the coldness and beauty of the race. His memoir writing is really interesting to read because of his details. I like his writing because I can learn about the Iditarod from a person who actually experienced the race. The memoir style is more freehanded, which I like because no one has to follow certain writing rules. In that case, the author can spill out thoughts however he/she wants to and the reader can read exactly what the author experienced.

    My favorite part of "Woodsong" was Storm's story. Storm was a really faithful, friendly, and intelligent dog. He would always be there by Gary's side. Even when Storm was old, and not able to help lead the sled team, he would always be a joy to Gary. I really like the part when Gary left his hat on the snow and went to work on the sled. While Gary was doing that, Storm buried his hat and innocently sat on it. Gary started wondering where his hat was, and Storm just sat there. Finally, one of Gary's stakes revealed the hat, and from then on he always was on the look out, with a friendly eye, for Storm. After a while, Storm would start to put a stick in his mouth to signal that Gary was doing the right thing. Every day he would do this routine, until the end of Storm's story. On Storm's last day he wanted to be free, and facing east. Gary went for a run, and when he came back he found Storm dead facing east with a stick in his mouth.

    I like this part because it shows how clever and funny dogs and animals can be. Storm was funny and clever when he went and buried Gary's hat. Storm thought he was making a joke, but I think it was a smart joke for a dog! This one dog's story inspired me to try to find humor in animals, but there are so many animals out there that I believe we can train them to become great things, for they are intelligent. This is just one dog's story and I can imagine how many other inspiring stories there are out there. Storm's life is a interesting part of this book to read.

    Overall, I think "Woodsong" is an inspiring book. It teaches us that that animals are intelligent and can do unexpected things, like Storm. Gary Paulsen is an amazing nature writer. He taught me so much in this short story. Nature has so many mysteries about it, and Gary's story is just one.

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    1. I also think that Woodsong is an excellent book!

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    2. yes, Woodsong is an exelant book.

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    3. Woodsong is an inspiring book!

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    4. Your blog showed depth and complexity.

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    5. I love how you wrote all that information with details that perfectly match your topic. Great job!

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    6. I agree Emelia. Storm's story was very interesting

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  14. Excellent post, Emelia! Your realization that you should look at topics you normally wouldn't is a hugely important one. That will lead you down the path of discovery, and once on that path, you'll never get off of it! I think that Milo needs that lesson-he needs to read your blog!

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    1. I agree, excellent work, Emelia!

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  15. I think this book is a great book. It has lots of humorous and dangerous parts.
    It had humorous parts such as Hawk the bird attacking the Paulsen family. Mrs. Paulsen had put a helmet on every time she had to go to the laundry room. Another humorous part was when most of the time Gary Paulsen turned a direction, the dogs go the other way. In the end, Gary Paulsen realized that the dogs were going the right way.
    This book also has dangerous parts because Gary Paulsen ran a very dangerous race. He encountered 2 moose, one buffalo, and experienced multiple hallucinations. These are very dangerous things to encounter when you are running the Iditarod. Moose can kill you and your dogs if you make them angry. Buffalos do the same thing as moose do when they get angry. Hallucinations cause you to think that something is real, but it is not. If you think you are hallucinating a buffalo, but it is real, then you are in big trouble. That is reasons why the Iditarod is dangerous.
    I think this is a really good book about Gary Paulsen. It talks about his time with the dogs. He tells the beauty of every checkpoint he goes through. Also, he tells us a great background story before the Iditarod. This is why I think this book is a great one.

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    1. I agree, Naomi. Nice job putting in those details!

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    2. I love how you added Hallucinations.

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    3. I agree, Hawk was quite funny!

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    4. Nice job Naomi! I like how detailed the writing is!

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    5. I like how your details were pricise.

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    6. Wow Naomi! You wrote so many things and great job!

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    7. Good job of touching on many points of the story, Naomi. You did very well to explain the dangers involved in hallucinating.

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    I think that Woodsong is a great book because in it many details are shown. I thought I didn’t some parts but liked but I liked Woodsong. I liked when Storm was carrying the stove and he kept growling at it because it was so heavy. I liked when Cookie led the team down a gully. It taught Gary Paulsen a lesson. The lesson it taught Gary Paulsen was that he should trust his dogs. Gary Paulsen made a mistake when he chained Storm up when Storm was about to die. Dogs like to die facing east but Storm couldn’t face east when he died. I liked Storm; for me this was sad. Poor Storm

    The Iditarod
    During the Iditarod I was impressed when a man gave Gary Paulsen a cookie. Mostly because it was a harsh night and neither of the cookies were broken or cracked. Also during the Iditarod it was funny when Wilson ran on three legs. This was because soda cans exploded leaving soda all over the booties and when Wilson needed a bootie he had one frozen in soda so he would have on foot in his mouth while racing. That was funny to read about. Woodsong is a great book to read if you like adventurous stories.

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    1. Little blog with A LOT of information!

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    2. Amazing job Tavia! I totally agree with Zeta how you wrote all of that information!

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    3. You did well to explain the process of Paulsen learning his lesson from Cookie, Tavia!

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  17. Woodsong is a memoir about Gary Paulsen in the Iditarod. I did not really enjoy this book because it is often violent and disgusting. Although, one of the few things I did like about Woodsong was that there was a lot of humor involved. It was also interesting to hear a real Iditarod racer’s point of view and how he trained. Woodsong is a good source of information for readers who want to expand their knowledge of the Iditarod or nature.
    I have a mixed opinion about Woodsong. At some parts, Woodsong is too descriptive about the injury and death scenes. I especially didn’t like the part in which Gary Paulsen falls off a frozen waterfall, and kicks out. When he kicks out, his leg gets attached to a stick and his kneecap gets ripped off. Another gruesome part I did not enjoy was when Gary Paulsen got sick and vomited, and then the dogs ate his vomit. There were a few parts of Woodsong that I did enjoy though. I thought it was really funny when Gary Paulsen’s lead dog Wilson is sucking on his bootie because it has soda all over it. I laughed hard when Gary Paulsen was running his team and came across another musher while Wilson is sucking his bootie and the musher just nods. Another part that I enjoyed was when Hawk, who was a small banty hen was pecking all of Gary Paulsen’s family. The problem became so extreme that when Gary Paulsen’s wife went to get the mail, she had to wear a bicycle helmet. Woodsong is a book with parts that are good and bad.
    I did not really like Gary Paulsen’s writing style. It was too gruesome for my liking and also very descriptive about the death and injury scenes. In Chapter One, a deer is attacked by wolves and the details are very violent. For example, Paulsen writes “Two wolves held the doe by her nose, her head down to the ice, while the other wolves took turns tearing at her rear end, until they were inside of her, pulling out parts of her and all this time she was still on her feet, still alive.”
    I had a favorite scene and a least favorite scene in the book Woodsong. My favorite scene was when Gary Paulsen was traveling in the night and he encountered something that looked like a ghost. Gary Paulsen and his dogs were very scared until Paulsen finally realized it was a bioluminescent stump. After that, no one was scared. In fact, Gary Paulsen’s dog, Fonzie, peed on the stump. This made me laugh hard. My least favorite scene was when Gary Paulsen was running the Iditarod but his blood vessels burst and he was hacking up blood. There also was a scene I liked but also disliked involving Gary Paulsen and Storm’s tradition. After every run, Storm would give Gary Paulsen a stick to say to Paulsen that, in Storm’s opinion, Gary Paulsen was doing well. The sad part of this was because Storm got old and couldn’t run anymore, but he still gave Paulsen a stick. Finally, Storm got so old that one day Gary Paulsen chained up Storm so he was not attacked by the younger and more ferocious dogs. On this day, Storm died and he could not face east like dogs normally do when they die. Gary Paulsen felt bad, but Storm still had a stick in his mouth. I liked this because it is very cute and sweet that Storm would always give Paulsen a stick. However it was very sad when Storm died.

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    1. Woodsong is a book in the memoir genre. I like the memoir genre because it seems very fun to write in. I would like to write in this genre because there are no rules. Authors write anything they want with each sentence. It is basically where an author jots down ideas in any style he wants about something that happened in his life. For example, a few of Gary Paulsen’s sentences are “Small and large game.” or even simpler like “On her.” Authors probably really enjoy writing books in the memoir genre.
      Woodsong is a very educational book about the Iditarod. It explores topics I do not usually like reading about, but when I gave it a chance, I sort of liked it. Woodsong was not my favorite book, but I am glad I read it because before we read Woodsong, I did not even know what the Iditarod was anything about dogsledding. Also before we read Woodsong I was very ignorant on these subjects, just like Gary Paulsen was.

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    2. I totally agree, Josh. I like your saying of liking the memoir genre of Woodsong. Fantastic job!

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    3. You did very well to bounce between what wasn't your favorite and what you did like, Josh. You wrote about multiple perspectives very well, and you gave an honest assessment of what you thought of the book. I agree with your points; some of the book is gruesome. Yet, there are certainly some light, humorous parts, too, and you expressed those well. Your ending is awesome! NIce comparison of you to the author. Impressive thoughts, Josh!

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    4. I agree with Mr. La Marr that the ending is great.

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  18. You wrote a lot Josh!

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  19. Woodsong

    By Gary Paulsen

    I think Woodsong by Gary Paulsen was a very amazing, interesting, but disgusting book. I liked the genre of the book very much. I got to clearly understand what Gary Paulsen was thinking. Gary Paulsen described everything with great details and emotions. It led to the gruesome parts of the story. In multiple chapters, or days, Paulsen describes the killings of animals or him becoming ill. In chapter 1, he wrote, “She was still on her feet though they had the guts out of her now.” I felt like I had a stomach ache when I read through this.
    There was also a lot of humor that I liked. When Gary Paulsen stopped for a break, he got sodas from a random man. The man put a couple of sodas in the dog’s bootie bag. The soda had frozen and exploded, and it seeped into the cloth. Gary needed to put a bootie on his lead dog Wilson. Then Wilson immediately smelled the soda and started sucking on his foot while pulling the sled. This was funny to me because if I saw a dog running in an official race on three feet, I would laugh so hard and I would fall on the ground!
    In this book there were a lot of beautiful descriptions that kept me drawn to the text. On day five Gary Paulsen said, “It is the most beautiful spot I have ever seen.” Gary Paulsen describes a beautiful island on a river surrounded by mountains and peaks over a cabin. In this description, I imagined that I was in this glorious, beautiful, and stunning scene. Overall, I think Woodsong was an adventurous, exciting, and knowledgeable book.

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    1. Seeing a dog running a Ididarod sucking his foot would be funny Katie!

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    2. A lot of words and fantastic details, Katie. In my opinion you did great! Great job!

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    3. Well done, Katie. I like how many different parts you have commented on from how the book made you feel to the author's descriptions. Well done!

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  20. I really enjoyed reading the book Woodsong
    I really enjoyed the writing style of Gary Paulsen. If there’s one book that everyone had to read I would want it to be Woodsong. I like the memoir genre and that it is mostly about thoughts. Some books are mostly talking and I don’t really like that type of writing, but I like the memoir genre.
    Woodsong gives lessons about life and it teaches you what not to do. One of the lessons is to try new things. In that lesson Gary Paulsen practices and competes in an Ididarod. That lesson teaches to try new things and to be brave. Another lesson is to trust others. In this lesson Gary Paulsen learns to trust his dogs. This lesson teaches us to trust others, compromise, and to be flexible.
    I like that he explains bloody parts and animals’ death. It helps kids understand the food chain and how everyone and everything eventually dies. Even though I don’t like bloody parts and death, it helped me understand more things about life. A lot of the book is like a bunch of ghost stories put into one book.
    I like that his topic is a memoir story about practicing and racing the Ididarod. It is a creative and unique topic. It’s amazing how he wrote a whole series like this.
    His story teaches many people how to practice and run an Ididarod.
    Gary Paulsen book effected me with wonderment and awe. It is a very confusing, but understandable book. At one second I’m happy, then sad, then I’m laughing all in one sentence.
    I really enjoyed reading the book Woodsong and I hope you’ll enjoy it too!
    The moment you pick it up you can never put it down.

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    1. The tone of your writing clearly illustrates the excitement you have for this book, Zeta! It is great that you can get your reader to understand your feelings through the excitement you created in your post. I like the aspect of teaching lessons about which you wrote, and I like that the book helped you understand more of how the world works. Unfortunately, it isn't always pretty, and Paulsen teaches us that.

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  21. Wow Zeta! You wrote so much information including great details. Amazing job!

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  22. I really enjoyed Gary Paulsen’s book Woodsong. One of the reasons I really enjoyed Woodsong was that Gary was very descriptive. I could see what he saw at that time in my mind. However, sometimes in the book being descriptive was bad in my point of view. It was bad for an example, when he described the wolves ripping open the deer they had just caught, ripping out the guts, then licking their lips. Another reason I liked the book was that there was a lot of humor in it! Like when a little banty hen ruled over Gary Paulsen’s backyard. Also the banty hen, or known as Hawk in the book, intimidated everybody that went into the yard. So everybody was scared of him! Also when the Gary’s chickens were running around the chimney on Gary’s roof for warmth. Did I like the memoir genre? Yes. In fact, I think the memoir genre is one of the best ones. There are some parts that I like but some I don’t like. For instance, I liked the parts when Gray was describing the nature he was seeing. I liked that part because I love and enjoy nature in Sacramento, and to hear him talking describing the nature in Alaska, it was just wonderful. Also when another musher came up to Gary and said “Would you like a chocolate chip cookie?” and Gary gladly excepted it. I liked that part because that other musher was being so nice to Gary in one of the world’s toughest dogs sled races. The parts I did not like was when Gary had to run next to the dogs to build up body heat. However, Gary was not getting enough oxygen, so he took off the hood from his parka. Then Gary was choking on mucus, so he stuck his figure down his throat and the dogs turned around and started eating the mucus. That made Gary throw up, and the dogs starting eating that. I don’t like that because that is just plain old disgusting. So there are some bad parts but more good parts then bad. So over all, I think the book is very good. Did I think that Gary Paulsen was ignorant? Yes, I did think that Gary Paulsen was ignorant. Gary was being ignorant by in the training of the Iditarod Gary didn’t know the right food to give to the dogs. So, in punishment, Storm started having blood spew out of his backside. I think the book over all was very good.

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    1. Great job Declan! You wrote a huge chunk of text with amazing details!

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  23. I enjoyed Woodsong with its many climaxes and dangers. I like the dangers and climaxes because they bring the thrill into the story and if it weren’t for them, Woodsong wouldn’t be the same because there would be barely any excitement. I really like the grueling bloody part in the beginning with the deer and the timber wolves and them tearing at her behind. I enjoyed it because it told me the truth about what some fights between wolves and a doe or deer and not everything is good because there is such thing as death. I was really liking how Gary was so descriptive and didn’t force it to be clinical and technical but gave us the real story of his experience in and before the Iditarod. I really enjoyed how he did the memoir form of writing so he could tell us what he was thinking instead of turning it into a sentence with a bunch of extra details. I enjoyed the chapter with Hawk the bante chicken sitting on the wood stack watching her chicks and adopted ones that Gary had put under her years ago. Hawk would put up a fight with anything, even a human or animal, to keep her chicks safe. I enjoy Hawk’s determination and courage to protect her babies. I enjoyed the hallucinations in the Iditarod such as the boring man on the sled and when Gary thought his dog’s feet were on fire and he had to put it out. I enjoy that part because it is humorous to me to think you see something that isn’t real but to think that it is humorous in my opinion. I also liked it when Gary met the man who was having hallucinations of a man who just sat on his sled and didn’t help push up hills or do anything to help with winning the race. I also think that is humorous because the person swears that the hallucinations are real but they’re not. Gary Paulsen is a very good writer and I hope to read more of his books in the future when I have the time.

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    1. I agree with you, Sara. I totally like thrill in a fun story! Good job!

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  24. Woodsong
    I liked Woodsong because it was exciting. There was a lot of action like when the doe was being chased by the wolves and when Gary Paulsen was flying down the hill. I like action. My favorite part was when Gary was careening down the gully.
    When Gary was hurling down, he was going fast. This caused him to be injured. If Gary was severely injured, he could have scratched ( dropped out of the race ) and been out of the Iditarod. Luckily, Gary wasn’t severely injured and successfully finished the race. I think Gary was stupid when he tied his arm to the sled. He even admitted that he was stupid and didn’t know a lot about dogsledding and was ignorant.
    Gary Paulsen payed more attention to his surroundings than the actual race. This is why he faulted. I like the writing style of Gary Paulsen.

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    1. I agree Calvin, the writing style was good

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  25. I personally did not like the book Woodsong. I do not the like the memoir genre of writing and the very detailed gruesome parts. Especially in the beginning when Gary Paulsen, the author of Woodsong, was riding his sled dogs and the wolf pack was tearing the guts out of the deer. The deer was still alive. The way the timeline of Storm was I also did not enjoy During the chapters right before the days of the Iditarod Storm one of the sled dogs died. When the Iditarod starts Storm is there and running the race. I feel that is a way of playing a reader’s emotions. If they felt connected to Storm and Storm died they would feel sad. Then Storm appeared a little later the reader would be happy and the book would end. Also the amount of pages in chapters is what I did not like. Sometimes a chapter would be like 13 pages long and the next would be like 3. I also did not like the amount of dramatics written into the book. When Hawk the bantee chicken was raising the grouse eggs if anyone went near them she would harm them. Gary told a lot of detailed things Hawk did for the grouse. That for some days during the Iditarod mostly what Gary wrote about was just riding with the dogs and there was barely any adventure. I prefer very adventure filled ends of books to leave off. That is why I did not like the book Woodsong.

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  26. I agree, Calvin. There was a lot of action and the book it was very exciting. Good job, Calvin!

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  27. I think Woodsong so far is the best book we have read in class. It is full of bloody and brutal scenes that I like and hate. There are other scenes were they are filled with wonderment and awe. Most of the time they are filled with action and wonderment and awe. For example at the beginning of the book Gary Paulson was on his sled riding across the ice and saw a doe that was still alive after his guts were ripped out by wolves. At a checkpoint Gary was explaining about how beautiful the mountains were and the glistining frozen river. Another brutal seen was when a doe was frozen solid in the snow and did't move one inch. There are also very humorous scenes like when Gary Paulson's grouse named hawk kept on nibbling on Gary's hand. Gary had lots of hallucinations in Woodsong like when he thought his dog teams legs were on fire and when he hallucinated that there was a exkimo man on his sled talking about educational grants. There are lots of other brutal scenes like when Gary saw a doe that was covered in deer flies that made her face covered in blood the doe even jumped into a lake and the deer flies still didn't stop stinging him. Gary Paulson's memoir genre was significant I really liked it. The parts in Woodsong I thought were gross and disgusting was when Gary mixed his ravioli with the dogs raw meat. The results turned into a very bad sickness that made him through up and his dog than ate it and I was disgusted. There was a scene were it was so cold that Gary generated so much mucus that he had to stick his finger down his throat and pulled out the mucus. Thats not all, his dog team started to lick the mucus Gary through on the snow.
    This book was a book that was filled with action but at the same time it was gross, but that didn't hold me back from reading it I finally fished Woodsong and the ending was very good.

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  28. I think that Woodsong is very interesting and engaging. The genre of the book is memoir, and I really like the way Gary Paulsen recorded not only the events he experienced with his dogs but also his feelings and the countryside. The book is clear and descriptive. For example where Gary Paulsen is at the end of the race and he is describing how beautiful the hills are and how his dog team can run forever. I like this because I can totally see the image in my mind.
    But then there is a mysterious part of the book that I also like. Because one is really cute. It’s the story of the boy and the deer: Gary Paulsen is going fishing with his friend and his friend‘s son. They are fishing from the boat when a deer appears in the bushes. She was very young and quiet. She becomes curious and slowly walked up to the boy who reached out with his hand. The young deer keeps going until the boy could touch her nose. Because it was described so well I could see it in my mind and in my opinion it looks so cute.
    There are parts in the book that I didn’t like and I almost don’t want to talk about it. For example when Gary Paulsen was running with his dogs on a road that they didn’t know. The dogs went over a ledge and Gary flew off the sled and he flew down, down and down. And as he was falling he tore his knee cap. He described this events so well that I imagined it clearly and vividly.
    Overall, I think that Gary Paulsen did a really good job writing the book and relating the reader to a life with sled dogs.

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  29. I think that the book “Woodsong” was amazing and very well put together.

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    I think that Gary Paulsen could totally make a reader have a feeling. If he wanted a melancholy part of the book he would right it in like an expert. If he wanted us to feel amazed about something in the book he could do that with just a sheet of paper and a pencil. I like that he also wrote about himself and it set a different mood. It put a way different mood when he hurt himself and sounded like almost killing himself. This part of the book was really sad and almost made me cry when Storm ended his life with the stick in his mouth. I also didn’t like when all the rumors came up. Even though they weren’t real, it frightened. I thought that the book “Woodsong” was grand.

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    The woodsong book tells readers about a sledder who was in the Iditarod. His name is Gary 
Paulsen. In this book, there are many adventures about dog sledding. One of the dog sledding adventures was when Gary saw a dead deer, frozen. It was really creepy. Another one was when Gary saw a ghost. However, it was actually glowing fungi! These adventures are so amazing and gross, I should make a paragraph of all those adventures!

    The adventures in woodsong are really cool. The one I think that is the most gross was the one that Gary Paulsen ate NINETEEN bowlfuls of chili and he threw up the rest of the way. The dogs were even eating his vomit and fighting over it. That made Gary Paulsen throw up even more.
    The most painful one was when he fell of a cliff and his kneecap ripped off. It should have been so painful, that Gary wanted to scream. One really tiring one was when Gary went to the burn and had to cut trees to maintain his speed. Don’t you think that was tiring? When Gary was ignorant on an adventure, he challenged the dogs’ every move. He turned left when they went right and the opposite. That was because Gary was sledding on a blizzard. Then, a dog made the team turn left and crash! They fell down into a gorge. Gary had grit in the Iditarod.

    Persistence is everything when you try to finish the Iditarod. Many people get injured. It is important to pay attention to your surroundings. The conditions of the Iditarod is bad, the race is long, and dogs sometimes die. However, the race is a tradition forever.

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    1. Great final paragraph, Justin. I think that you picked up some big ideas about the Iditarod well. I see you found a way to get fungi into your blog!

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  31. Overall, I would give Gary Paulsen's book, Woodsong, about running a dogsled team through the Iditarod no less than five out of five stars. His book is a memoir that was published in 1990. In chapter one, Gary describes the slow, painful death of a doe attacked by wolves. That shows how descriptive the book is. The book is also humorous in many ways. Chapter six is a good example of humor. In chapter six, Gary uncovers multiple mysteries about the natural environment, as well as supposedly meeting a real ghost. He thinks it is a ghost, until a dog named Fonzie urinates on it. Gary Paulsen has run in the Iditarod, too. Starting after chapter eight, he divides the rest of the book into days. There are seventeen days in all. Each day has some amount of humor and excitement in it. The first day involves Paulsen's dogsled team being held up by a moose, and ends with the same team taking a wrong turn. Normally, a wrong turn would be okay, but some dogsled teams followed Gary's team, and Gary spent the entire night helping other teams turn around and get back on the right path. I also liked how each of Gary Paulsen's dogs had interesting and unique personalities. Storm liked to play tricks and games and was very smart. Cookie knew how to teach Gary lessons. Fred was a fat dog who found ways to eat around his diet. Hallucinations are a big part of Woodsong, too. Starting in chapter eight, Gary hallucinates about a strange Eskimo man. The same man returns in days six and twelve to help him out. Of course, there are more details in the entire book, but I'd rather not give away the entire plot just in case you may want to read it yourself. There are sad moments in Woodsong as well. At the end of chapter seven, Storm dies. The incident in chapter one with the doe slowly dying could also be considered a sad moment. Overall, Woodsong could be considered a book about Gary Paulsen's changes over time and the lessons about nature he learns. I would highly recommend this book.

    I hope you enjoyed my blog about Woodsong!

    Written by: John F.

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    1. Thank you, Kiran. Moral support is a great motivation!

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    2. Nicely organized John. You have done well to point out some interesting parts to entice a reader to take a look at Woodsong.

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  32. I really enjoyed reading the book Woodsong. I love how Gary Paulsen could make me visualize any part of the book. The details were very descriptive, and made me feel like I was there with him on the sled. This was both a good, and bad thing. I was very disgusted when the image of the wolves killing the deer came to mind, but I enjoyed visualizing the humorous and beautiful parts

    One of the humorous parts that I enjoyed reading about was Hawk, the bantee hen, and her ruff grouse chicks. When Gary Paulsen tucked the ruff grouse eggs under Hawk along with her own eggs, Hawk adopted them and treated them like they were her own babies. When the eggs hatched, the ruff grouse were part of the brood. Hawk treated them no more or less like her own bantee chicks. When the ruff grouse finally started to grow up and could fly, they took off to a tree near Paulsen’s yard. Hawk was furious. She called for them to come back, but they didn’t go anywhere. Hawk was so mad, that she would attack anything that was too close to, or a threat to her bantee chicks. She attacked a cat, and even a fox that was about to eat one of her babies. She would watch every thing from a wood pile in Paulsen’s yard. Hawk was so dangerous to the point where Gary’s wife had to wear a helmet when she went in the yard. When the ruff grouse moved away from the tree, Hawk finally calmed down. For me, that was the most humorous part of Woodsong.

    I really liked the memoir style in which Gary wrote. It added a dramatic effect to the creepy, and dangerous parts of the book. If I could choose a style to write in, I would choose memoir. I think it was a good idea for Paulsen to write in the memoir style. It sets a humorous and dangerous mood to the book. I really like reading books with adventure, and Woodsong is full of it.

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    2. Your introduction is excellent, Catie. It sets the rest of the blog up well for a reader.This is a very organized piece of writing. I loved the parts with Hawk, too!

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  33. Woodsong was a great book.
    I like it because of the style of writing, the humor and the plot of the book. I like memoirs. The reader is basically in Gary Paulsen’s head.
    There was a lot of humor in this book like Gary’s hallucinations. To me that was hilarious because of the things he hallucinated. One thing was the man that sat on his sled and mumbled about education. Gary yelled “shut up!” at the man. I also liked “HAWK” the chicken. I love how the book is a real story, and the fact that it is based on the Iditarod.
    I enjoy the fact that it is a true story because of all the crazy things that happened, such as Gary having his knee ripped open twice! I can’t believe that it really happened to him. I think that the Iditarod was an amazing challenge, but I don’t want to ever want to be in a race as hard as that. I think everyone should read this book, it was incredible.

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    1. I agree that Woodson is an incredible book. I like how you put in the part about the man who went on and on about educational grants. I wouldn't be able to stand having my knee cap ripped open even once.

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    3. I think it would be so hard to hallucinate and think that what you see is real. The reality would be so changed. I would love to see Paulsen yelling at no one to, "Shut up!"

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  34. Woodsong, by Gary Paulsen, is a very memorable book. There were parts that I liked, parts that I didn’t like, and parts that I just don’t know about.

    Parts that I like: I like Fred. He is a very obese dog. He should weigh 40-50 pounds, but he weighs 120 pounds. Fred steals from other dogs but he WON’T exercise. Hawk is a banty hen. They are little, fierce, chickens. Gary Paulsen found grouse eggs on the side of the road. Their mother was hit by a car. The grouse chicks could fly, but the banty chicks couldn’t. When she called them to get down they did at first. Later on they didn’t, and this infuriated Hawk. After that she sat on top of the wood pile, in Gary’s backyard, protecting her banty chicks. She unleashed a summer of terror. One day he was fishing with his brother and nephew when a fawn came out of the brush. His nephew touched it. Gary made joke, but he let it fall. Scarhead was grizzly bear. One day Scarhead was attracted by the smell of burning trash. When Gary saw him eating the trash, he threw a stick at Scarhead. Scarhead got angry and almost killed Gary. Once Scarhead spared Gary, he ran to get a gun. Gary almost killed Scarhead, but he decided otherwise.

    Part that I don’t know about: One time Gary Paulsen had a fire going when a doe jumped next to the fire. It was being chased by wolves. Gary Paulsen thought it was a dream, but when he woke up the tracks were still there.

    Parts that I don’t like: Once when Gary was running a team around a lake, when a doe jumped out of the brush followed by wolves. They ran on to a frozen lake. The doe fell in, and when she got up she was eaten by the wolves. Another time he was on a trail and, it was very, very, very cold. The dogs stopped suddenly, so Gary went up to the front. When he got to the front he saw a dead deer that was still standing! He thought it was paralyzed.
    I think Woodsong is a very good book that has a mix of emotions.

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    2. Good summary of many events of the book, Lily. I am wondering why you like the parts you did and why you didn't like some parts. I think that Paulsen left us with many parts to wonder about and not really know; I agree about the part you are unsure about. Did it happen or not? That's the fun of the book!

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  35. I thought Woodsong by Gary Paulsen was a fun action book to read. Gary Paulsen and his dogs are training for the Ididroad, when Gary Paulsen trains his dogs for the Ididroad he sees things in nature that he hasn't seen before. I think his dogs had a big impact on Gary Paulsen. They helped him and were even smarter than him when he was going through igonrce. He and his dogs in the chapters had seen a deer who was eaten by a pack of wolves. I do not think this is gross, because it's part of the foood chain which is all natural. Gary Paulsen had thrown a stick at the bear called Scarhead, because his had a scar on his head and was looking in Gary Paulsen's the fire for food. Gary Paulsen had almost got eaten by the bear. I thought that was very funny and stupid of Gary Paulsen to throw a stick at Sacrhead, because bears are really scary to me. He saved a deer from a pack of timber wolves. I thought it was very nice of Gary Paulsen to save the deer, but was kind of ruining the food chain. I think that, because the deer who was saved would be happy and alive, but the wolves who did not eat the deer would be hungry and unhappy. He has got in fights with his sled dogs on which way to go. Gary Paulsens very first sled dog Storm ate dog food that made his butt spit out blood. When Storm retired and was to old to sled racing he played with the puppey's. Once Storm was 12 years old his time came and passed away, making him one of Gary Paulsen's favorite sled dogs. Then Gary and his dogs went through the very rough and adventurous Ididarod. In the Ididarod, Gary Paulsen did not sleep that much, which made him have hallucinations. He had pretty wierd and demented hallucinations in the Ididarod. He had hallucinations like him seeing a boring man which caused Gary Paulsen to say "GET OFF THE SLED OR I WILL KILL YOU!" Which I think is really dementated. He also imagined his dogs feet are on fire, which is really werid to me because I can not imagine Gary Paulsen's dogs feet on fire. One time in the Ididarod he saw a buffalo and thought it was a hallucination and waited for it to faded, but it didn't the buffalo was real. Gary Paulsen had made a really stupid choice, he tied a rope to his arm while going over rocks. Then they went over the rocks and Gary paulsen was being dragged like a pice of meat behind the sled, and ends up bleeding everywhere! Gary Paulsen also ended up eating sticks of butter while doing the Ididarod which ended up bad for Gary Paulsen. Then Gary Paulsen got to a checkpoint, where they were giving moose chillie. Gary Paulsen had 19 paper bowls of the chilie and ended up with gas and he farted so loud that the whole crew had to stop and look at him. Then Gary Paulsen reaches the finish line to Nome, but then he turned the other way around because he did'nt want to go to Nome. He just wanted to go back to where they started. Then he turn the sled around, because his wife was yelling at him to come. Then he came to Nome. I recommend this book to everyone who likes action. Therefore this is one of the best books I've ever read.

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  36. This blog took me a day to write

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  37. I think the book Woodsong was one of the best books I have ever read. I think this book was also very descriptive and well detailed. I think the most detailed part was in the beginning of the book when the wolf pack killed the deer. This was a gory moment for me and it was also frightening. He discribed how the wolves were biting her nose and how the deer was still on it's feet. Some of this book was humorous and made me laugh. Especially Hawk and his younglings. My favorite part with Hawk and his younglings was when Gary's wife went to go get tomatoes from her garden she had a biking helmet on to protecter her self from Hawk. When she was walking toward the house door after getting tomatoes from her garden the tomatoes then spilled all over her shirt she then said "The hawk strikes again."There are also many other humorous parts in the book too. Gary Paulsen also described many disgusting things. I think the most disgusting part was when the cold raw air freezes the sides of his throat. His blood vessels then burst and Gary's throat then starts to develop mucus and then he starts choking on it. So he sticks his finger down his throat to help get the mucus out, then Gary throws it on the snow and the dogs start eating the mucus. That makes Gary through up and the dogs eat that as well. Overall this is a very good book and it taught me the relationship between a human and his dogs.

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  38. I think that the gory parts in Woodsong by Gary Paulsen were awesome, but I did like how the book was put together at some times, and at other times I thought it was badly put together.

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    Gary did not make me have a feeling other than happy, but that was WAY different for other people in my class. If Paulsen wanted to make gory part sound gory he will do it in great detail. I like in books when someone (or something) gets hurt, even in Woodsong. When Paulsen got bounced back and forth between rocks like someone playing pinball. I thought that in people’s heads people could make a great picture of what they are reading. The way Paulsen put his book together was well for the genre, but confusing to read. He had very good vocabulary. Just like my class did, you could easily use Woodsong as a class book. I love how the book is all about Gary Paulsen training for and racing in his first ever Iditarod. His first Iditarod was the race in 1983. He was born on May 17, 1939.

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  39. AWSOME
    I think that Gary Paulsen’s book, Woodsong, was awesome in many ways. There was a lot of action in his book.
    He gets to experience the life of dogs
    Olaf, one of Gary’s dogs that is tough, but dumb. He also tries to steel bones from other dogs. Columbia, one of Gary’s dogs that is smart. She tries to avoid fights. One day Olaf tried to take Columbia’s bone. So she pushed the bone forward towards Olaf. She pushed it just at the point where it was out of reach from Olaf by the millimeter. Then Columbia laid back and laughed wile Olaf struggled to reach the bone.

    He could have died on a lot of his sled rides
    He was sledding across a frozen lake with his dogs. They then fell off a frozen waterfall that was 20 feet high. Gary’s knee cap and the rest of his body were separated by the bottom of the sled. The dogs stayed there while he slid across the ice, yet to fall down another frozen waterfall that was also 20 feet high.

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    I think this book was funny in many ways.

     A guy at a checkpoint had given Gary Paulsen some soda. That soda spilled on some of the dogs’ bootie (not the behind), so when Gary Paulsen went to put a bootie on Wilson’s foot, he noticed that there was shushed soda inside it. He thawed it out in his arm pit. When Gary Paulsen went to go put it on Wilson’s foot, Wilson sniffed out that there was soda. When ever Wilson smells something interesting, he thinks it will taste good, too. For a while, in the race, Gary Paulsen was running the dogs with the leader dog running on feet while sucking on the fourth one.
     The Iditarod, at one point, for Gary Paulsen’s dogs, was boring. Wilson, the lead dog dropped down while they were running and took a nap, because he was bored. He did this every 40 or so yards.

    FEROCIOUS
    I think that Woodsong was ferocious in many ways.
     Gary Paulsen had a cookie. He tried feeding it to a chipmunk. Right as the chipmunk was about to get the cookie, a red squirrel jumped out at the chipmunk. He grabbed it by the throat, squeezed it, and killed the chipmunk. The next thing Gary Paulsen knew was that he was watching a squirrel eat an innocent chipmunk in the shadows.
     One time, Gary Paulsen was sledding his dogs. When it was time for him to eat, all he had was ravioli. He took some of the dogs’ food, fat, and put it in his ravioli. The next thing he knew, he was eating fat filled ravioli. He got sick after eating that ravioli. When the dogs got going again, Gary Paulsen threw up. The dogs all turned around and started eating the vomit. Gary Paulsen had no idea why they ate it.
     There were a lot of rumors in the Iditarod. Most in this book were about death. I think the most ferocious rumor is “A musher was found dead on her sled.”

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  40. amazing blog adain this really would tell people what Woodsong is about.

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  41. I think that Woodsong is a great book. I thought it was humorous when Wilson, one of Gary Paulsen’s sled dogs, needed a bootie but when he got the bootie he started sucking it because someone had put soda in Gary Paulsen’s supplies and soda got on the booties so Wilson sucked it. I also thought it was humorous when Storm, another one of Gary Paulsen’s dogs, started hiding things from Gary Paulsen. Storm hid booties, a roll of tape, a ladle, a glove liner, and a hat. I thought it was humorous again when Gary Paulsen farted because he ate too much moose chili. I thought that it was cool when Gary Paulsen saw a light and thought it was a ghost but really it was a stump that had sucked phosphorous from the ground, making it glow. I also thought it was cool when Gary Paulsen started hallucinating and I thought it was awesome when the dogs ate Gary Paulsen’s barf. I thought it was very strange when a faun let a boy touch it. I like the writing style of Gary Paulsen. I think the memoir genre is pretty good. It doesn’t make the author write in complete sentences. Overall, I think Woodsong is an awesome book.

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  42. I meant fawn, not faun.

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    1. I liked when Storm hid things from Gary Paulsen, too. That dog had a great personality!

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  43. The book Woodsong was one of my favorite books. I really enjoyed how unique it was. From the style of the writing to the huge amounts of detail was amazing. Woodsong really showed wonderment and awe throughout the book. Once, Gary Paulsen was in a canoe with his friend and Gary’s friend’s four year old son was looking at the crappies. Then, a fawn walked up to him, and he reached out to pet it. I mean, how does that even happen? Aren’t deer afraid of humans? The mother of the fawn was frightened, though. But that was just amazing that that happened. The canoe calms deer, so that might have helped. Another example was when Gary was in another canoe, by himself this time. Deerflies and horseflies were everywhere, biting Gary all over the place. Gary had found that if he went into the shade, some of the flies would go away. Suddenly, a doe soared over his head to the other bank. The flies were surrounding her, packed into her ears and eyes. The doe shoved her head in and out of the water ferociously. When she looked up Gary said he had “never seen such anger, such defiance compressed in a single moment.” Gary Paulsen has had lots of adventure, as well. He has run the Iditarod, a 1080 mile dog sled race, and has been injured pretty badly while sledding with his dogs. On time, Gary was going on a new trail and he was letting the dogs go as fast as they wanted to. This was a bad decision because Gary didn’t know there was a sharp turn. He didn’t step on the sled brakes, but the dogs knew there was a turn, and so the sled flew off the edge. Gary went with the sled, kicked sideways, and a sharp snag went under his kneecap tearing it loose. He landed on a frozen stream bed, bounced, and then went over they frozen waterfall. He landed down below on his separated kneecap. He also has waited for a bear to kill him with a swipe of its claw. Bears are often drawn to houses like Gary’s because of the smell of the burning food. Scarhead was drawn to Gary’s property. The reason why Gary had named the bear Scarhead was because he had a scar trailing down his head. Scarhead had come to Gary’s burning food multiple times now. Gary had gotten too used to Scarhead coming by his house. Scarhead was rummaging through the trash and Gary yelled, “Get out of here!” and he threw a stick at Scarhead. Immediately, Scarhead was looking down at him, about to take a swipe at Gary. But, he didn’t. All of these adventures and amazingly weird sights for one man to experience are outstanding. I can’t believe he even survived all this! All of these true events are why this book appealed to me so much.

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