Sue Morse is at home in the woods; she has read the woods ever since she could remember. She believes that by reading the forests she can help save them. So outside the door of her small cabin lies her laboratory: the rich and extensive forest and all of the creatures who live there. Revealing just how active and engaging scienceand scientistscan be, this book also gives us a closer glimpse into the vulnerable homes of bear, lynx, deer, bobcat, and all the dwellers of the woods.
About the Author
STEPHEN SWINBURNE is the author of numerous children's books about nature. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.
What People are Saying About This
“Readers will come away with a much more informed view of wildlife at risk, enriched by Morse’s superb color photographs of lynx, bear, moose, and other species in their natural homes.” Booklist, ALA
“Practical tips about tracking will no doubt encourage young readers to head to the woods.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Readers will pick up a few hints about how to look for evidence of local wildlife but more important, they will come away with a much clearer sense of the importance of conservation.” Kirkus Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an informational bppk on wild life and the forest, an all the efforts of keeping them alive by Susan Morse.
This is a rather short book that would be appropriate for readers in the late elementary school grades or even middle school, however, I think it could be a useful resource for teachers trying to introduce ecology to high school students who are struggling or disinterested readers. The story is a short biography of Sue Morse, a biologist and nature photographer.Through this short glimpse into Morse¿s life, students are introduced to some rather complex issues that are often not introduced into college level courses. For example, a short introduction to the concept of habitat corridors to allow species with vast ranges, such as many land predators, room to expand their territory is not always covered in introductory biology teaching. As a wildlife biologist and educator, I thought the examples of how Sue used creative problem solving to address puzzling questions eloquently and in a manner easily explainable to budding scientist, was very refreshing. So often students feel that the scientific method is difficult and is confined to laboratories and requires numerous hours of research; yet Sue shows that the basis of the scientific method is simply testing what works and what doesn¿t, and can take place anywhere. Throughout this book, Sue¿s fascination with wild lands and love of nature shines through infectiously. Many of the forefathers of the environmentalist movement, such as Rachel Carson and E. O. Wilson, are introduced, giving students resources to expand their learning, but the book never seems overly heavy handed or preachy.