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Husband-wife Team are no Strangers to the Woods

- December 23rd, 2004
Author and wildlife photographer Carl Sams grew up on an island near the mouth of the Au Sable River in Northern Michigan and spent much of his time playing sports, hunting and fishing. Carl’s wife, Jean Stoick, was raised on a farm in Michigan’s thumb near Vassar. Both have a passion for wildlife and dedicate their books and movies to “those who protect wildlife and wild places.”
Last week, the Milford-based couple were in Northern Michigan promoting their 1999 children’s best-seller, “Stranger in the Woods,” along with their new book, “Lost in the Woods.” Both are lushly photographed visions of Northern Michigan’s wildlife adorned with simple tales of life in
the wild.
“Stranger in the Woods” is about the appearance of a snowman in the forest following a winter storm, and how the area’s wildlife reacts to it. The book has been on the New York Times’ bestseller list for the past five years.
“Lost in the Woods” tells the story of a fawn’s journey through the forest. We learn through the eyes of other animals that the fawn isn’t really lost; he is simply alone because Mother Doe instinctively knows she cannot stay with her fawn since her scent will attract predators.
The couple’s children’s books and a spin-off “Stranger in the Woods” movie are used extensively in elementary schools to teach about nature. The couple are also using their clout to help the Gaylord area’s HeadWaters Land Conservancy attract new supporters. Their books are available at local bookstores for $19.95.

 
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