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Erica has taught college English writing and literature courses and has a master's degree in children's literature. Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. Have you ever had a moment when you realized you might not know as much as you thought you did?

For Gary Paulsen, this moment comes on a December morning, when he is out with his dogsled and a team of dogs. Paulson tells us that for ''most of my life it seems I've been in the forest or on the sea. But Paulson tells us that before this December morning, he ''understood almost nothing about the woods.

In this memoir, Paulsen admitted he'd never taken the time to ''try to understand all of it. He found it to be gruesome, but he also realized the wolves and their actions ''are not wrong or right - they just are.

It's this process of learning that Paulsen documents in his book Woodsong. The first section of the book is a collection of his memories and lessons learned while training and running dogs in his home state of Minnesota.

Many of these runs were part of training for the Iditarod , a dogsled race across most of Alaska; the second section of the book tells the story of his first experience with this race. Paulsen was about forty-years-old and living in Minnesota when he started working with dogs. It wasn't an interest in dogsledding that led him to do this, but a necessity. Though Paulsen had been fairly successful selling books, the income from writing wasn't as much as you might expect, and he had to work odd jobs to make ends meet.

At one point, he and his wife are pretty much broke, but he then gets a break trapping beavers. You see, Minnesota had a problem with beaver overpopulation.

Paulsen could get paid by the state to trap the beavers, but he could also make a profit by selling the beaver pelt. A friend gives him his first four dogs and thus starts Paulsen's dog-running and beaver trapping career. Paulsen got pretty confident too quickly. He soon learned that he didn't know as much as he thought he did when he's on a run, and one of his dogs, Storm, began to bleed from his backside. Paulsen freaked out, but Storm just kept running the sled. From this, Paulsen learned a lesson about a dog's nature and perseverance.

He also learned that he ''knew nothing about animals, understood nothing about the drives that make them work. Though Paulsen learned lessons from other animals like bears, and his family's pet chickens, the most important lessons he learned seem to come from his dogs. He stopped trapping and killing beavers after watching his dog, Columbia, tease another dog by placing a bone just out of the other dog's reach - and then laughing about it!

Paulsen figured if a dog had the ability to plan and carry out such an intricate trick, then don't other animals also have this capacity for thought? His dogs also taught him about loyalty. On one of his runs, Paulsen gets knocked off the sled and is seriously injured. His dogs come back to find him, and one of the dogs licked the wound clean. Storm also teaches him a way of communicating that helps Paulsen learn what his dogs need.

Storm showed Paulsen that he was doing something right, by picking up a stick and carrying it. When Paulsen was doing something wrong, Storm would drop the stick and give Paulsen the cold shoulder. In the second section of Woodsong , Paulsen outlines his first go at the Iditarod.

The race is about 1, miles, and this first time took Paulsen ''seventeen days and fourteen hours'' to complete. He breaks this trip up into days for part two of the book.

On the first day, approximately seventy sled teams started the race, one at a time, in Anchorage. Thing is, this beginning is actually just a show for television crews. The teams actually have to travel to a different town for the real start of the race, because they wouldn't be able to travel across the highways and other man-made structures near Anchorage. After this second start, they were on their way ''across the Alaskan wilderness, over mountain ranges, up the Yukon River, out to the coast of the Bering Sea, and up along the coast and across parts of the sea ice.

Along the way are twenty checkpoints where racers check in and restock their supplies. Racers deal with harsh conditions, lack of sleep, and hallucinations. They have to travel through such treacherous areas like the ''Burn,'' where a fire left burnt trees that sleds can get stuck under. Another challenge is the Yukon River, which Paulsen recalls as a ''horrific'' experience, running ''a hundred and eighty miles straight north into the wind. After witnessing a deer killed by wolves, Paulsen wanted to learn more about nature.

In the first part of Woodsong , Paulsen tells us about lessons learned from animals, especially from his dogs. Some of these lessons include Storm, continuing to run, even when bleeding, Columbia teaches him dogs and other animals have deeper thoughts.

The dogs also take care of him when Paulsen is injured, which is a lesson in loyalty. In the second part, Paulsen describes running his team of dogs in the Iditarod , a beautiful 1,mile dogsled race across Alaska. Despite how hard the race was, Paulsen wasn't sure he wanted it to end when he could see the finish line.

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Explore over 4, video courses. Find a degree that fits your goals. Try it risk-free for 30 days. Instructor: Erica Schimmel Erica has taught college English writing and literature courses and has a master's degree in children's literature. Save Save Save. Want to watch this again later? In his memoir 'Woodsong', Gary Paulsen shares his experiences and lessons learned from running his sled dogs, and participating in the Iditarod race.

Let's take a glimpse into Gary Paulsen's life in this summary. Epiphany Have you ever had a moment when you realized you might not know as much as you thought you did? Part 1: ''Running'' Paulsen was about forty-years-old and living in Minnesota when he started working with dogs. Paulsen learns a lot from running his dogs. The Iditarod is an mile race across Alaska. Try it risk-free No obligation, cancel anytime. Want to learn more? The Iditarod race is difficult but beautiful.

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Jul 05, Minutes Middle Grade Buy. Jul 05, Minutes Middle Grade The award-winning creator of popular survival stories turns his attention to his own real life adventures in Minnesota and Alaska as he prepares for the grueling Iditarod sled dog race. He won the Margaret A. Available from:. Audio —.

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He has flown off the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall to near disaster, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs toward the Alaskan Mountain Range in an Iditarod -- the grueling, 1,mile dogsled race -- hallucinating from lack of sleep, but he determined to finish. Here, in vivid detail, Paulsen recounts several of the remarkable experiences that shaped his life and inspired his award-winning writing. Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong , Hatchet , and The Winter Room. He has written over books for adults and young readers.

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Woodsong is a book of memoirs by Gary Paulsen. The first half consists of Paulsen's early experiences running sled dogs in Minnesota and then in Alaska, and the second half describes the roads and animals he faces in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Paulsen opens his book with a vivid retelling of a story in which he watched brush wolves kill and devour a live doe in the woods. This event revealed the raw, unfabricated realities of nature to him.

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