Scratching the Woodchuck: Nature on an Amish Farm
David Kline came upon a sleeping woodchuck one summer day as he walked the land near his farm. In a gesture that speaks eloquently of Kline's relationship with the natural world, he scratched the animal gently with his walking stick, and the sleeping creature arched its back with pleasure at the attention.
Like its title, this collection of essays on nature, farming, animals, insects, and other topics bespeaks the gentle demeanor and appreciation for nature that shape the author's descriptions of the world around him. Whether sharing his fondness for watching clouds while he rests his horses or for planting flowers in his favorite spot in the woods, David Kline offers a view of life that few of us take time to experience. Scratching the Woodchuck resounds with knowledge, reverence, and a joyful spirit, and to follow Kline's explorations of the landscape and animals around his farm is to sense and come to share his respect for and unity with the earth.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ghr4 - LibraryThing
This is another wonderful collection of essays by Mr. Kline, seamlessly following his sublime "Great Possessions." With a gentle touch, he paints beguiling portraits of the wonders of nature as seen ... Read full review
SCRATCHING THE WOODCHUCK: Nature on an Amish FarmUser Review - Kirkus
An Amish farmer's blissful account of the rhythms of nature and work, finding delight in everyday places. ``Sometimes I wonder whether I farm to make a living or whether it is all a front, just an ... Read full review
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