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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Winterdance by Gary Paulsen. Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Is there any inappropriate content in this book - sexual content, foul language? My daughter was assigned to read A Walk in the Woods - of which I am not okay with. She was given two other options to choose from - Winter Dance and Walden. I need to know asap if someone could reply quickly. Thank you! Judy Zell It does contain a few swear words, including the f word, but not really any sexual content. My third graders are very interested in the Iditarod and have enjoyed other Gary Paulson books.
Is this appropriate for a read aloud. Can't decide if I should order it with my own budget I'm reading it anyway or for my classroom. Is this book appropriate for them? Bethany Would read to my own kids, would probably not read to a class. It's a delightful read, funny and gripping, and quick. See all 3 questions about Winterdance…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Aug 20, Kyle rated it it was amazing. The funniest book I have ever read. This stands among the rare books that will get you looks for laughing out loud in the middle of the airport.
This is the true story of the author who, in "dangerous ignorance," just up and decides to run the Iditarod. Its a story of essentially self discovery, but really, its completely and totally insane.
The adventures are hilarious, and the journey is amazing. There is only one way for a story about a full team of Iditarod -class sled dogs raring to go with n The funniest book I have ever read. There is only one way for a story about a full team of Iditarod -class sled dogs raring to go with nothing but a guy on a Schwinn behind them to end. That way is friggin funny.
Well, and a little dangerous. View 1 comment. And I was fortunate enough to go dog sledding a couple times as a teenager. So I thought I sort of knew what the Iditarod was all about.
I knew nothing. This book is incredible. It got to me at a deep level. View all 6 comments. Jan 25, Karrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favorites , reluctant-readers , young-adult-high-school , award-winning-books , alex-award. Award-winning children's author, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being a children's author. He draws on his experience as an avid outdoors man to write his amazing books, i.
Within the first couple pages of Winterdance, Paulsen is careening around in the Minnesota back woods on a sled that is being pulled by a pack of dogs. The book could end right then and there as he goes off the edge of a cliff, but he manages to survive and so do all his dogs. That som Award-winning children's author, Gary Paulsen, has another life besides just being a children's author.
That somehow inspired Paulsen to decide that he wanted to run the ultimate of dog sledding events -- The Iditarod. He titles his book, The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod because he knows how crazy this pursuit truly is.
Yet he begins his preparation as his wife questions his sanity. There begins a remarkable journey. He has to acquire the appropriate dogs to pull his sled, he has to train himself for the hundreds of hours of running, he has to prepare himself for the lack of sleep and a lack of food.
While all this sounds like a trip through Hell, Paulsen tells his tale -- or tail -- in a hilarious and incredible voice. Laugh out loud as you read about him racing through the night woods and being sprayed by skunks so many times he can't even open his eyes by the time he pulls up to his house in the dawn-breaking hour. For awhile he's riding around in a VW bug as his dogs -- some of them as insane as he is -- are pulling him around as if he was in a Radio Flyer red wagon.
As the time draws near to the start of the Iditarod, Paulsen and his dogs are ready. His description of the beginning of the race is hilarious as he and his dogs run through people's backyards in an effort to find the course! The reader realizes how high the stakes are when he describes the possibility that he could be running along for hundreds of miles, only to discover that he's on an ice flow as he and his dogs pitch off the edge and into the ocean -- never to be heard from again.
As he writes about the Burn, and all the other aspects of the race, you will feel all the ups and downs of actually running the Iditarod yourself. One minute you're laughing hysterically, the next minute you're on the edge of your seat trying to read fast enough to know whether he's going to die.
Of course in a rational moment you know he doesn't die -- he's gone on to write dozens of books since he published Winterdance. But it's easy to forget that when you're in subzero temperatures, being pulled by 12 crazy running dog s and facing down an angry moose that is about to attack!
I was literally up until in the morning last week -- on a weekday with work looming ahead of me in a few short hours, laughing. And this was the third time I've read this book! It's no surprise to me that this book won an Alex Award years ago. Now, whenever someone asks me to recommend a good book for someone who doesn't like to read, I recommend this one! Given that I've read it three times and recommended to no less than 50 people, there has been plenty of time for me to hear back from all those reluctant readers and not one has come back to me to tell me that they didn't like it.
In fact, everyone I've recommended it to has come back to tell me how much they loved it, especially the part about Paulsen eating the moose chili.
Yep, that's the part I was laughing about at a. Pick up this book and laugh out loud! View all 5 comments. Sep 08, Mmars rated it it was amazing. I get really irritated by ego trip books written by people who go adventuring think mountain climbing or sailing solo and keep detailed journals just to publish a "look at what I did" book. Gary Paulsen's Winterdance is definitely not that. He lives and breathes dog sledding, the American north woods, and writing. He'd have run the Iditarod even if he wasn't a writer.
He'd have raiseed sled dogs even if he wasn't a writer. He'd have lived through bitter cold Minnesota winters even if he wasn't I get really irritated by ego trip books written by people who go adventuring think mountain climbing or sailing solo and keep detailed journals just to publish a "look at what I did" book. He'd have lived through bitter cold Minnesota winters even if he wasn't a writer.
But it so happens that he is a writer, and a very talented one at that.
Gary Paulsen tells us how, living in Minnesota, he came to participate in the Iditarod, the legendary dog sled race across Alaska, in When he made the decision to participate, he had very little Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, in Minnesota. He was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California when he realized he wanted to be a writer.
Winterdance: the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
It was published on March 1, and it is also the inspiration for the Disney movie Snow Dogs. The story begins with a poverty stricken Gary Paulsen and his wife Ruth living in a cabin in the woods of Minnesota, where he uses a team of dogs to pull a sled as he checks his trap lines. As Gary Paulsen's relationship with the dogs grows, he begins taking the team on longer and longer runs, sometimes staying out for several days at a time. Paulsen returns home from a particularly lengthy trip and settles the dogs down in their kennel. However, he discovers that he is unable to enter the cabin. When his wife, Ruth, comes outside she finds him sitting quietly with the dogs, and Paulsen confesses to Ruth that when he is out with the dogs that he doesn't want to come back.