GRAYS RIVER - Robert Michael Pyle of Grays River has won the 2007 National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature.

This annual award program intends to honor "some of the finest outdoor writing and artwork being published today."

Entitled "Sky Time in Gray's River," Pyle's book is about his home, a "forgotten place," in southwestern Washington. He follows the lives of his neighbors - birds, butterflies, cats and people - season by season, over a 30-year period. His keen curious eye and generous whimsical spirit combine with his gifts as a writer to make a lovely meditation on one's own backyard. 

"The overall quality of the entries was very high this year," said Ron Watters, a professor emeritus at Idaho State University and the chairman of the National Outdoor Book Awards. "Robert Michael Pyle's book is a perfect example. It's an outstanding work of natural history literature."

Complete reviews of 2007 winners may be found at National Outdoor Book Award Web site at: (

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