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John Henricksson's neighbors stop by to chat or to have a bite to eat or just to sit and watch. But in his Wild Neighborhood the visitors are the black bear, gray jay, timber wolf, owl, white-tailed deer, raven, and the moose.
Winner of the Minnesota Book Award in 1998, A Wild Neighborhood is a collection of elegantly written essays about these creatures. From kitchen- table gossip about the black bear's recent attempts to raid the bird feeder, to the retelling of Native American myths about the mischievous raven, Henricksson shows a love and understanding of the residents with whom he shares the narrow wedge of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota.
"Henricksoon is an excellent writer, and he draws on science, myth, personal experience, and regional lore to give his prose a storytelling quality." —Bloomsbury Review
Henricksson writes of the personal relationships that develop while living in the woods. He tells of the joy of helping a deer survive a tough winter and the mystery of animals he calls "ghosts," species that are extinct or near extinct but still have a fleeting presence in the area.
Award-winning artist Betsy Bowen, beautifully depicts the denizens of the forest. Her twenty-four woodcuts reflect, often humorously, Henricksson's respect for and love of northwoods creatures. Betsy Bowen is author and illustrator of Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year, Tracks in the Wild , and Gathering: A Northwoods Counting Book. She is the illustrator of Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman and Borealis. Betsy lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Visit Betsy's website.
"Complemented by Betsy Bowen's classic woodcuts, Henricksson's conversational prose weaves legend, natural history, observation, and anecdote into rich portraits of his north woods neighbors. A delightful stroll through a fascinating and friendly neighborhood." —Minnesota Conservation Volunteer