One Winter Up North

2022
Author:

John Owens

A wordless picture-book journey through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in winter, snowshoeing the frozen lakes and silent forest with family, encountering the wonders of northern wildlife in the cold season

Who made these tracks? A deer? A hare? A fox? And far off there’s a musher, making tracks with his sled dogs. A wintery adventure that unfolds in pictures, John Owens’s delightful book gives readers a chance to discover—or rediscover—another season full of wonder in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

This is an absolutely gorgeous book. One Winter Up North truly illustrates the joy of winter camping, the comforts of wilderness travel, and the sense of awe this season brings to anyone who embraces it.

Kevin Callan, author of Complete Guide to Winter Camping

In winter the Boundary Waters, way up north in Minnesota, is not the same place you canoed last summer—but still it beckons and welcomes you. Grab a pack, strap on snowshoes, make a path (Oh! they take some getting used to!), and venture out across the frozen lakes and through the snowy woods. The vast wintery world here is so still and quiet, you might think you’re all alone—but no! Who made these tracks? A deer? A hare? A fox? And far off there’s a musher, making tracks with his sled dogs.

It’s a magical place. The bright sun brilliant on the snow, the sparkling silence—wait, is that a wolf calling? Try to answer! And when the dark descends, the stars and pine trees holding up the night, your nose gets cold and it’s back to camp, to your warm winter tent, where Father feeds the stove with wood you gathered, Mother snuggles into her big sleeping bag, and you curl up in the fire’s glow and know that in your dreams and memories you will return again and again to this one winter up north.

A wintery adventure that unfolds in pictures, John Owens’s delightful book gives readers a chance to discover—or rediscover—another season full of wonder in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Cover alt text: Whimsically drawn watercolor depicting a winter scene in the woods; at center a young person in red parka and beanie holds a wooden-framed snowshoe.

John Owens is a freelance illustrator and teaches at the University of Minnesota. He is author of One Summer Up North, also published by Minnesota, a book inspired, like this one, by his travels to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in all its seasons.

This is an absolutely gorgeous book. One Winter Up North truly illustrates the joy of winter camping, the comforts of wilderness travel, and the sense of awe this season brings to anyone who embraces it.

Kevin Callan, author of Complete Guide to Winter Camping

One Winter Up North makes me smile all the way through. I can feel the clean fresh whiteness of the snow, the warmth among the family, and the glowing light of the sun. The big open-air silence inhabits the peaceful tone of the illustrations.

Betsy Bowen, artist and illustrator