Paulsen's "Woodsong" is a book of memoirs. A memoir is a record of events told from a first-person perspective, and therefore, the narrator of this text is Paulsen himself. Many memoirs can often be considered a Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age story. The first portion of the work details Paulsen's experiences living in northern Minnesota, focusing specifically on his life with his wife, Ruth, their son, and his snow dogs, who participated in the Iditarod race with him. Essentially, these vignettes explain the lessons these experiences taught him about nature. The Iditarod race is the focus of the second part of the memoirs, although his concentration is more on what he is thinking during this time than it is about the actual race.
in woodsong by gary paulsen