Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Hike

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday!

And that means the weekend is nearly here!!

And that means it’s a perfect time for today’s Perfect Picture Book and a hike!!! (Something I’m always up for 😊)

Title: The Hike

Written & Illustrated By: Alison Farrell

Publisher: Chronicle Books, October 2019, informational fiction

Suitable For Ages: publisher says 3-5, but there’s a lot of information that would appeal to older kids

Themes/Topics: nature, hiking, cooperation, group activities

text and illustration copyright Alison Farrell 2019, Chronicle Books

Opening: “We are going on a hike.”

text and illustration copyright Alison Farrell 2019, Chronicle Books

Brief Synopsis: Three friends and their dog set off on a hike, noticing a lot about nature and having adventures along the way.

text and illustration copyright Alison Farrell 2019, Chronicle Books

Links To Resources: The whole book is a resource – Wren’s notes throughout, and several pages at the end of the story devoted only to her notes and pictures – so there are a lot of resources to be found right there. Take a nature walk. Make your own nature notebook/sketchbook and write and draw the things you see. Go for a hike with your family. How To Make A Nature Journal/Notebook; Video: How To Make A Leaf Collage

text and illustration copyright Alison Farrell 2019, Chronicle Books

Why I Like This Book: I find this book so appealing! The story text is quite simple (hence the 3-5 age range.) But the art is full of birds, animals, plants, and all kinds of other things found in nature that you might see on a hike – tons of little details for young readers to look at and learn about. One of the children in the story, Wren, keeps a sketchbook and draws little pictures and jots down interesting facts. The kids have to follow the trail, using a map (and I love that it’s an actual map and not GPS on a phone!) The kids look like they’re having so much fun outdoors together, doing something real, physically active, and educational as well as entertaining. By the time they get home, the stars are coming out and the art includes phases of the moon and constellations. It’s really just all around delightful!

text and illustration copyright Alison Farrell 2019, Chronicle Books

(from the back matter)

text and illustration copyright Alison Farrell 2019, Chronicle Books

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊 Go for a hike! 😊

24 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Hike

  1. rebeccaehirsch says:

    I’m new here and enjoyed your review. I just put this book on hold at my library. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Patricia Tilton says:

    What a perfect summer story. Who’s ready for a hike into nature? I love the gorgeous illustrations and how prepared the kids are with sketchbooks and maps. Perfect gift book.

  3. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    Mom and I love a nature walk. Once I tried to eat a bug, but Mom wouldn’t let me. Then I tried to eat a nail. Nope. Why was there a nail in nature anyway? Go figure. I need to check Wren’s notes…

    Love and licks,

    • Susanna Leonard Hill says:

      You and Violet are clearly twins separated at birth, Cupcake! It isn’t a walk if she doesn’t try to put EVERYTHING she sees in her mouth (and swallow it if she can get away with it!) I hope you don’t find any more nails in Nature!

  4. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Wren!! What a perfect name for a sketcher-hiker-nature lover! Too bad there aren’t a pair of twins named El, so you could have El El Bean….ha.

    Love the art! Love how inquisitive these kids are, as kids tend to be when you let them run wild in nature. A great book to inspire kids to get out and see the world around them! Thank for featuring this book, Susanna. It had not been on my radar.

  5. viviankirkfield says:

    This is the kind of book that, when I read it, I say…how come I didn’t write this! What a delightful book…simple, yet with so much going on. Makes me think back fondly to all the hikes Stuart and I took when we lived in Colorado.

  6. palpbkids says:

    I love the excitement this evokes through the words and illustrations.
    What a treasured.
    Thanks, Susanna

  7. seschipper says:

    This book sounds fantastic! Wren, the perfect name for this character as well!! The backmatter ,which contains Wren’s sketches, is the perfect addition to this story! πŸ™‚ Thanks Susanna! Have a great weekend!

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