North Woods Girl

Aimee Bissonette (Author) Claudia McGehee (Illustrator)


"When Grandma tucks her pants into her oversized boots and grabs her walking stick, I run to catch up," reports a young girl charmed by her visits to Grandma's north woods home. Their walks take them through the seasons, to a pond with a downed tree just right for sitting, to a garden lush with tomatoes ready for canning, through a snowy nighttime woods where the only sounds are the squeak of boots on snow and the hooting of a distant owl. Whatever the month, there are plenty of woodland critters to observe: squirrels or rabbits or deer, geese or goldeneyes or mergansers. The forest of North Woods Girl is an active, populated place, brought to life by Claudia McGehee's colorful scratchboard artistry.

Time with Grandma teaches about quiet observation, generous sharing of resources, the beauty of the forest and pond at any hour. Grandma is the quintessential north woods girl, breathing deep the piney scents, relishing the chirping activity of her animal neighbors. Small wonder that her admiring granddaughter is inspired to follow in her footsteps. With a tale as understated as Grandma herself, Aim e Bissonette shares a message of appreciating the treasures of our natural surroundings.

Product Details

Price: $16.95  $15.59
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
Published Date: October 01, 2015
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 10.1 X 0.5 X 10.2 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language: English
Type: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780873519663
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About the Author

Aimée Bissonette's picture books are inspired by her love of the outdoors and the Northwoods. She lives in Minnesota with her family. Kelly Pousette is an illustrator and storyteller who experiments with both traditional and nontraditional techniques, often incorporating mixed media such as paper-cut pieces and shadow boxes to magical effect. She lives in northern British Columbia with her husband and her very large dog, Clovis.

Writer-illustrator Claudia McGehee lives in Iowa City. Her previous works include A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet and A Woodland Counting Book.


"One of the prettiest and well-written books of the season is narrated by a girl who admires her grandmother for not looking like other grandmas: 'She's bony. And she dresses in Grandpa's old flannel shirts.' But Grandma knows the woods behind her house and where to observe animals and ducks." Pioneer Press
"A celebration of both family and nature with exemplary illustrations." Kirkus Reviews