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
Opening: “We are going on a hike.”
Brief Synopsis: Three friends and their dog set off on a hike, noticing a lot about nature and having adventures along the way.
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
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!
(from the back matter)
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! 😊 Go for a hike! 😊