"The pictures are realistic and varied..The book is attractive enough to
catch the interest of budding naturalists and interesting enough to hold
"With its simple text and guessing-game format, this book invites
children to explore the animal world. The colorful, detailed
illustrations show a range of animal footprints."–Sesame Street Parent's
"A good addition to nature study collections."–School Library Journal
I've often looked for animals. Some of my friends and family still
comment on my observations of animal tracks and signs, such as scat, as
we hike in the mountains, on beaches, the shores of lakes or rivers, or
even in city parks.
As a child, I found lots of tracks in the snow in winter and on stream
banks in warmer weather. The banks were winding trails through the
forest, and in the soft mud or sand I could see where raccoons had come
to catch or wash food, where frogs had hopped or turtles crawled on
their way to or from a swim. Sometimes I could even see tracks
underwater on a muddy stream bottom where crayfish had crawled, and I
searched for the quick, lobster-like little creatures. When frogs or
turtles inevitably leaped or dug their way to freedom, I tried to track
them. But they were great escape artists. I left my own tracks in many a
field and forest, particularly near the house where we lived in
Baltimore. I also left one of my shoes when I stepped into quicksand.
Not a good thing to do! The shoe got slurped deep into the sand and
stayed there when I pulled my foot out. I had to walk home with one
shoe, leaving an unusual set of tracks.
When tracks aren't visible, there may be other animal signs such as the
white patches on tree trunks where a beaver has recently chewed, holes
in bark made by woodpeckers, or the swirling patterns of scratch marks
left by bears. Even in the city there are all kinds of tracks-raccoons,
opossums, birds, dogs, cats, the odd human, and occasionally coyotes and
cougars have been known to leave their tracks. I've seen a few of these
tracks in my own back yard. You never know what tracks you will find.