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My Father Doesn’t Know About the Woods and Me Cover art by Michael Hays ©2010

Dennis Haseley was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a graduate of Oberlin College and New York University. He is the author of several picture books for children–including The OLd Banjo and Kite Flier, which were both selected for the American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists"–as well as a novel for young adults entitled The Counterfeiter. He lives in New York City.

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My Father Doesn’t Know
About the Woods and Me

by Dennis Haseley
illustrated by Michael Hays

Atheneum 1988

When his father calls him for their walk in the woods, the boy is out the door in a flash. They enjoy their walks together, but there are some things about the boy and the woods that his father doesn't know. He doesn't know, for instance, that when his son runs ahead he is transformed. The father doesn't realize that the wolf he sees, and the bird and the fish leaping from the stream, are his son. But then the boy–a boy again–encounters in a thicket an enormous deer, and it is the look in the deer's eyes later, that tell him that he and his father might share more than he had ever thought before.

My Father Doesn’t Know About the Woods and Me art by Michael Hays ©2010