During this time of self isolation, are any of you dreaming of travel? I am! but right now I’m happy to be able to do some delightful armchair traveling. One Day At Teton Marsh, by Sally Carrighar, is a beautiful written and illustrated book about the wildlife at Teton Marsh, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, all on one day at the onset of winter. You can see that my copy of the book is old from the photo above. It was published by the University of Nebraska Press, (one of the Bison Books) which was my favorite publishing company for many years. But it’s been a long time since I read it. But I pulled it off the shelf recently and reread it. It has been a lovely companion for my armchair travels, and when this time of quarantine is over, and it is safe to travel again, I want to go to Jackson, Wyoming, and spend some time appreciating the wildlife of that beautiful area!
The style of this book is very interesting. Sally Carrighar has told the story of that one day at Teton Marsh from the point of view of each of the animals that live there. So with each chapter, you really learn about the animal, it’s life and habitat, and how it fits in to the web of life. The writing is beautiful and the stories are quite fascinating! And I love the illustrations, by George and Patritia Mattson.
You’ll have to check your library to find a copy of the physical book because it is out of stock everywhere I looked. However, it IS available as a Kindle book here.( Just be sure to read it on a device where you can really appreciate the illustrations!)
I chose this book to read for my personal challenge, “WANDERLUST: Reading the States,” an effort to read books that are from or take place in each of the 50 United States. This book took place in Wyoming.
I also read this book as one of my 50-books-in-5-years for The Classics Club.
What an excellent travel book with not only a different place but a wholly different perspective!
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Marlo, that’s it exactly! A very different perspective, and beautifully done!
What a beautiful book. Those illustrations remind me of woodcut prints. I am definitely dreaming of traveling. Right now we would have had all of our summer travels planned out but unfortunately that’s not going to happen. Thank goodness for books which allow us to travel.
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Iliana, I think the illustrations are all woodcuts, and they’re beautiful! This armchair travel is so helpful during this time of quarantine!