***A Year in the Maine Woods
by Bernd Heinrich
Reviewed January 8, 2002.
Perseus Books. 1994. 258 pages.
This book is exactly what it claims to be, the story of the author’s
year in a rustic cabin in the Maine Woods. He’s a Professor of Zoology
at the University of Vermont, so the life and activity he sees in the woods
is full of things that I would never notice.
He begins the year by adopting a raven. His interaction with
the growing raven is fascinating. As I read the book, I was struck
by how much goes on in other life forms that we know nothing about.
His studies of caterpillars, birds, trees and so many other wild creatures
The book does get long after awhile, though I wouldn’t say that it’s
boring. I think it would be best as one to dip into and read slowly,
a bit at a time, while reading other books for stories. Amazing and
fascinating. I’ll never look at a forest in quite the same way again.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.
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