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A GIRL'S GUIDE TO THE WILD

BE AN ADVENTURE-SEEKING OUTDOOR EXPLORER!

Girls seeking to spend time outdoors will find information, inspiration, and planning tips in this guide.

Part 1, “So, You Want To Go Outside,” begins with the big picture. A chapter on “Places Near and Far” lists national parks, natural wonders, and World Heritage Sites that might inspire long-term trip planning. Chapter 2 encourages readers to find group opportunities, with a list of useful organizations, and Chapter 3 describes various outdoor sports and activities. Part 2, “The Basics,” contains packing lists for day and overnight trips, instructions for setting up a comfortable campsite, recipes for snacks and camp meals, and “Girl Stuff” such as body care in the wild. Part 3 covers “Advanced Skills” like recognizing weather clues, map reading, safety, and nature observation. Throughout the book are instructions for related activities as well as profiles of women who pioneered various outdoor skills, with clean, full-page black-and-white illustrations. Girls new to the outdoors may find the deluge of information a bit overwhelming; with its simple layout, this isn’t the book to draw in girls who aren’t already interested in the topic. This guide is most useful as a reference book for girls who have access to the outdoors and some basic experience and want to take on more responsibility. A useful list of resources—websites and books—follows the text.

Quite handy for the right girl. (index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)

Pub Date: April 23, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-63217-171-9

Page Count: 272

Publisher: Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch

Review Posted Online: Jan. 28, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2019

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A splendid volume for young adventurers.

SURVIVOR KID

A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Based on her work with middle-school students, Long offers lessons on how to stay healthy and out of trouble while awaiting rescue, the same lessons taught to adults in her survival classes.

Her matter-of-fact, no-nonsense tone will play well with young readers, and the clear writing style is appropriate to the content. The engaging guide covers everything from building shelters to avoiding pigs and javelinas. With subjects like kissing bugs, scorpions, snow blindness and “How going to the bathroom can attract bears and mountain lions,” the volume invites browsing as much as studying. The information offered is sometimes obvious: “If you find yourself facing an alligator, get away from it”; sometime humorous: Raccoons will “fight with your dog, steal all your food, then climb up a tree and call you bad names in raccoon language”; and sometimes not comforting: “When alligators attack on land, they usually make one grab at you; if they miss, you are usually safe.” But when survival is at stake, the more information the better, especially when leavened with some wit. An excellent bibliography will lead young readers to a host of fascinating websites, and 150 clipart-style line drawings complement the text.

A splendid volume for young adventurers. (index not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-14)

Pub Date: May 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-56976-708-5

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

Review Posted Online: April 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2011

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The photos effectively convey the scope of Harvey’s impact, but while journalistically sound, this informative book doesn’t...

HURRICANE HARVEY

DISASTER IN TEXAS AND BEYOND

The devastation of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey is explained, from the storm’s origin to its ongoing aftermath, in this photo-heavy book.

In retelling the story of how a storm got so big it caused 82 deaths and billions of dollars in damage along the Texas coast, Minneapolis-based author Felix details the science of hurricanes for those unfamiliar and unpacks why this and a series of other hurricanes made for one of the most damaging weather years on record. Although it’s packed with info-boxes, a glossary, tips for safety during a hurricane and helping survivors afterward, a snapshot of five other historic hurricanes, and well-curated photos, it misses an opportunity to convey some of the emotion and pain victims endured and continue to feel. Instead, much of the text feels like a summation of news reports, an efficient attempt to answer the whys of Hurricane Harvey, with only a few direct quotations. Readers learn about Virgil Smith, a Dickinson, Texas, teen who rescued others from floodwaters with an air mattress, but the information is secondhand. The book does answer, clearly and concisely, questions a kid might have about a hurricane, such as what happens to animals at the zoo in such an emergency and how a tropical storm forms in the first place. A portion of the book’s proceeds are to be donated to the Texas Library Association’s Disaster Relief Fund.

The photos effectively convey the scope of Harvey’s impact, but while journalistically sound, this informative book doesn’t capture the fear and shock those who lived through the hurricane must have felt. (Nonfiction. 9-10)

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5415-2888-8

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Millbrook/Lerner

Review Posted Online: March 19, 2018

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