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This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and…

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs (2015)

by Gary Paulsen

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Huge Gary Paulsen fan so I LOVED this book which is a collection of recollections of encounters her has had with animals over the years. Chapter 2 and the story of Gretchen the dog that understands conversations p.47 onwards is great where Gary meets Mr Wiinike and his dog . here he discovers the theory that dogs train people not the other way around and by his recollections of observations of Gretchen this would seem so. One for younger readers but animal lover older readers will also enjoy it. ( )
  nicsreads | Jan 18, 2017 |
This is a collection of memorable stories in Gary Paulsen's life bringing him to the conclusion, "Animals know more than we fathom." An excellent choice for book discussion that will interest adults as well as teens, appropriate for ages 10 & up. ( )
  sgrame | Oct 31, 2015 |
Gary Paulsen tells a few stories from his own life that deal with his encounters with the wild. For fans of Gary Paulsen, this will be a happy read. If you are not a fan, you might become one. ( )
  debnance | Oct 25, 2015 |
This is a look back by Mr. Paulsen as he looks at some of the animals he found interesting in his life.

Mr. Paulsen talks about several animals in his look back as an animal-lover. One dog, Gretchen, actually had conversations with him. He witnesses intelligent and loving behavior from many different kinds of animals.

If you like stories of animals, you may like this book. It’s certainly not a bad book, but it merely skips about Mr. Paulsen’s life and randomly talks about animals and ends abruptly. ( )
  acargile | Oct 21, 2015 |
It is a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL book that just shows the beauty and intelligence of animals. It shows you to not judge an animal by the way that it looks, it shows you how their judgement can over times and almost always be correct.
Instant classic?
I think so. ( )
  valesbookshelf | Aug 5, 2015 |
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Gary Paulsen explains his adventures and who accompanied with him - his animals. He gives a new outlook on the intelligence and humanity of animals as well as listing how his animals have helped. I used this book as a reference for my lesson plans for the semester and it would be a great model text for students to learn how to write personal narratives with an interest in bears and other animals.
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