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Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod is American author Gary Paulsen’s account of participating in the iconic race. Paulsen, best known. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $26 (p) ISBN Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. Gary Paulsen, Author Harvest Books $15 (p) ISBN

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I’ve also lived in the Interior, and in Juneau; I’ve experienced, to a smaller degree, many of the utterly extreme and breathtakingly beautiful scenarios Paulsen talks about. I don’t recommend reading this anywhere you will get sidelong glances for chuckling to yourself. At first the dogs are a means of transportation and income, but Gary’s relationship with his team evolves until he decides to run them for pleasure.

His tight narrative and laugh-out-loud stories about one of the most famous dog races in America is truly a gift.

I bought it after meeting an Iditerod musher in Alaska and the book piqued my interest in the Iditerod race even more. Published February 17th by Mariner Books first published January 1st I taught 2nd grade for 18 years and …more I’m a retired teacher but this is NOT a children’s book. Now I must go find out for myself!! I think it must take a special kind of craziness to even want to do that race, and Paulsen shares it well. Want to Read saving…. 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.

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My third graders are very interested in the Iditarod and have enjoyed other Gary Paulson books. This is especially so given that Paulsen was a newcomer to the Iditarod and Alaska. She is supportive, she is caring, and at times she is concerned, but we do not have a picture of her with any kind of emotional depth.


He also spent some time in the army. I learned that Alaska is a winterdace of extremes-devastating beauty and danger.

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod – Gary Paulsen – Google Books

Dec 09, Danielle Pennel rated it it was amazing. The predicaments this guy finds himself in before the race paulsenn starts made me laugh out loud several times.

The beauty of Alaska and the relationship between mushers and dogs running in that beauty gives one pause. Winterdance is a funny, beautiful account of running the Iditarod, of the harsh perfections of nature, and of man’s permanent alliance with dogs.

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Now I know why. Perri I don’t even remember, Anne, but maybe I read an older addition-I found this: Mar 03, Jacqueline Bussjaeger rated it it was amazing. 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. Paulsen was raised by his grandmother qinterdance aunts. He interjects humor well and does not overplay the dangers or difficulties that he faces.

Paulsen reluctantly agrees and climbs into the back of the truck.

Gary Paulsen is crazy. Part of it is the writing. Something about those experiences, about the place, sticks with you. He participated in the Iditarod, but scratched after two days.

These are the stories that need to be lifted up. Books by Gary Paulsen. Mar 28, Lisa rated it did not like it. View all 4 comments. It’s no surprise to me that laulsen book won an Alex Award years ago. Browse all BookRags Study Guides.



I’m just shocked he lived to tell the tale. She patted my arm and nodded. In this book Paulsen refers to his wife often but not in depth. Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure.

Jun 23, Kyrie rated it liked it Shelves: He spent nearly a wintercance as an associate magazine editor on a magazine for men in Hollywood, California. Then i woke up again and noticed only 8 dogs.

His voice is at once level-headed, observant, humorous, self-deprecating, and poetic. May 28, Mike Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: Dog lovers, survivalists, nature connoisseurs, and people that like being warm while reading about the cold. It is, however, one of my favorite books of all time. This is the true story of the author who, in “dangerous ignorance,” just up and decides to run the Iditarod. Paulsen arrives in Anchorage two months before the race, and quickly realizes just how little he still knows about running the Iditarod.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was published in and it also is the inspiration for the Disney movie, Snow Dogs. As Gary relates the wrecks, long walks home after losing the team, and other numerous mishaps during training, the reader begins to doubt his ability to undertake such a grueling adventure as the Iditarod.

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.