North Woods Girl by Aimée M. Bissonette, illustrated by Claudia McGehee, is a story about a young girl, her relationship with her unconventional grandmother, and their adventures trekking through the north woods together. This book, with its simple but engaging text and stunning illustrations, is as lovely as it is charming. I personally related to this book because the grandmother in the story is so much like my own grandmother, who enjoyed treks through the woods around her home in Minnesota. But even readers without unconventional, woods-trekking grandmothers will appreciate this heartwarming story, and may be inspired to explore the natural world with someone they love.
Read: North Woods Girl
- How is the grandmother in the story different from many other grandmothers?
- Do you live in or near the woods? If not, what kind of natural areas are near your home?
- How many woodland critters do you recognize from the book's illustrations?
- In the story, the grandmother loves winter. Do you enjoy winter? What is your favorite season?
Do: Take a walk through a nearby forest, park, or other nature area. While you're there, collect items to use in a nature collage. Some items you might find are:
- small sticks and twigs
- leaves of various shapes (avoid poison ivy and stinging nettles)
- snail shells
- bits of bark
- acorns or other nuts
|Collage I made from plants in my yard and garden.|