Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Who Was Here?

Who Was Here?

Picture book
While we're out studying our trees (see the review right before
this one), don't forget that winter provides a really cool opportunity
for nature detective work. I'll give you a hint: snow. Out in the
woods you may see the distinct calling cards of the critters with whom
you share the space. Don't despair if you reside in suburbia or a
city. Many varmints have adapted to a more metropolitan shelter and
foraging style.
Mia Posada's Who Was Here? Discovering Wild Animal Tracks is a
beautifully illustrated book of riddles. The description of a
creature's tracks is followed by information on its identity and life
style. A black bear lumbers away from a river bank, probably with a
fish in its powerful jaws. A pack of gray wolves chase a moose that
manages to get away. A beaver carries on its construction work. At
the end there are a list of clues and a list of helpful books and
On a personal note, Sylvia, one of the matriarchs of my Methodist
church, did a fundraiser for a group that fights maleria. She sold
donated jewelery after services. I was thrilled with my affordable
finds. Children were allowed after the sale to find treasures to give
their mothers for Christmas.
A great big shout out goes out to Sylvia. I can think of people half
her age who couldn't keep up with her.
Julia Emily Hathaway

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