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The woods scientist
Swinburne, Stephen R.
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 2002.
Physical Description:
48 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm.
A devoted nature lover and animal tracker, Sue Morse shares her knowledge and love of some of the creatures that inhabit America's woodlands.
Reading Level:
1110 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.0 1.0 67762.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 8.6 4 Quiz: 41330.
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QL112 .S95 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL112 .S95 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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 science--and scientists--can 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.

Author Notes

STEPHEN SWINBURNE is the author of numerous children's books about nature. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-8. Like others in the consistently excellent Scientists in the Field series, this beautifully illustrated title brings young readers close to the excitement of scientific discovery through the work of a passionate professional. Morse is a fourth-generation forester, a conservationist, a habitat ecologist, and a professional tracker. In lively chapters, Swinburne describes the hikes he takes with Morse in a vast protected forest near her home in Wolfrun, Vermont. The language is immediate, clear, and filled with moment-by-moment observations and well-presented facts about the wood's extensive wildlife, and there are plenty of fascinating, well-integrated quotes and statistics that put the need for increased conservation efforts into alarming focus: "We are losing species at a rate not seen since the dinosaurs disappeared." 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. Projects, further reading, and a glossary round out the book. --Gillian Engberg

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Morse's childhood love of forests and animals led to a career as wildlife specialist and photographer, studying habitats and promoting conservation for some 30 years. Wolves, bears, moose, and lynx are among the animals featured in this introduction to her work. Swinburne's narrative sketches a bit of Morse's life story, follows her as she leads groups of adults and children on tracking expeditions, and explains behavior and habitat needs of some of the animals. The book is organized in four topical sections, and has shorter sidebar essays set on green to separate them from the main text and handsome full-color photographs of woods and mountains across the country. Children will be drawn to the various species introduced, and Swinburne and Morse offer many invitations for personal involvement in studying wildlife and assisting in conservation efforts. Concluding pages list simple activities and suggest topics for further investigation. A directory of organizations and a list for further reading are appended.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.