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This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs

Fall 2015 Non-Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 978-1481451505
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Author Gary Paulsen is no stranger to adventure. Having run the Alaskan Iditarod twice (1983 and 1985), Paulsen made the quixotic decision to do it again at the age of sixty-seven. While building kennels for the sled dogs still en route, Paulsen had a brush with a grizzly bear that scared him. He knew he needed another dog as both a companion and an early warning system. When he went to the animal shelter to find the perfect combination, he rescued a very sick, fragile toy poodle named "Corky."

Nature lover and animal observer, par excellence, Gary Paulsen has written a wonderful memoir of some of his adventures and misadventures with animals throughout his lifetime. With the freshest of prose and the wisdom that comes from difficult, cumulative experiences, the author is a worthy spokesman for animals- from the smallest toy poodle to the largest grizzly bear-sometimes in the same vignette.

Kemie Nix   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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