FOLLOW THE TRAIL by Jessica Loy

FOLLOW THE TRAIL

A Young Person’s Guide to the Great Outdoors
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Age Range: 7 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An enticing introduction to camping is attractively designed, practical, and child-friendly with its second-person voice that speaks directly to the reader. The illustrations—a combination of photographs, computer-generated art, and acrylic paint—highlight five kids on a camping adventure. Short chapters graphically lay out all the do’s and don’ts, from the first step of planning to packing to safety tips, ending with watching the sky to find constellations. Dialogue balloons imposed on photographs add a chatty feeling and sidebars offer informative tips and interesting advice, e.g., how to make a leaf rubbing, counting cricket chirps to determine temperature, and on rainy days, learning to tie knots. A one-page list of sources and resources is included. Two quibbles: the Master Camper Certification Quiz in the back has a certificate for kids to sign their name—a problem for libraries. The other is a safety rule that recommends checking regularly for ticks, but there are no instructions. Nevertheless, the appealing format will get kids excited about camping and the hands-on approach will foster an appreciation for the outdoors. (Nonfiction. 7-11)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8050-6195-9
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2003




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