“Who Pooped in the Cascades?” isn’t an eco-political treatise bemoaning the degradation of our state’s most famous mountain range, or a pitch for more backcountry privies. It’s a new book about scat.
No, we’re not talking about improvised jazz singing, either. We’re talking about animal poop.
In the newly published book by author Gary Robson and illustrator Robert Rath, readers join Michael, Emily, May and their parents for a camping trip in the Cascade Range. The book’s press packet explains that “young Michael is scared of getting eaten by a mountain lion, but as his family and his friend May begin their hike, Michael learns that the animals of the Cascades are not always easy to find. But their poop is!”
The book is designed to help kids learn to identify animals living in the Cascades by examining their poop (scat) and footprints (tracks). Featured animals (and their poop) include:
- mountain cottontail rabbit
- black-tailed deer
- Townsend’s big-eared bat
- great horned owl
- flying squirrel
- mountain lion.
I could say the book stinks, but I haven’t read it yet. Or smelled it.
And, believe it or not, it’s also not the first guidebook dedicated to the subject. My favorite title in the genre (not necessarily intended for kids, but with another catchy title): “What Shat That?”