Here's what I love.
- Celebrates the history of our National Park Service and our very first National Park.
- Great introduction on what to expect at Yellowstone National Park and explains some of the phenomenons the kids will see. For example, the steam from the hydrothermal vents is not smoke from a wild fire.
- Lots of fun facts about Yellowstone woven into the story. This was my favorite aspect of the book.
- Explains some of the science behind what kids see when visiting the park. For example, why are there so many different colors in the hot springs. Don't worry, it is on a level most elementary kids can understand.
- The book uses real pictures along with illustrations. Yellowstone is very beautiful and deserves to be highlighted.
- There are suggestions at the back of the book for protecting the park during your visit. Most of them are just good ideas for visiting parks in general.
What I would change.
- The first time I read the book I wan't super impressed with the story. But after reading it again I realized it gave me to perfect opportunity to talk to my kids about wandering off during our park visits. So I guess there isn't really anything I would change but this was one of my first impressions.
I love reading almost as much as I love the outdoors. We spend quite a bit of time outdoors in the winter but I still miss the green of the spring, summer, and fall. Books are a great way to get more "outdoor" time when and always lift my spirits. Here are some of my favorite books so far.
For the Kids:
- Goodnight, Campsite by Loretta Sponsler - This book introduces kids to all types of camping and campers.
- Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler - Easy read with fun pictures.
- Animals Everywhere by Simon Abbott - This book covers different types of animals by ecosystem. Both of my kids really love this book.
For the OutdoorsMom(or dad):
- How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Dr. Scott Sampson - Great book bringing together research and stories about connecting kids with the outdoors.
- The Garden Classroom: Hands-On Activities in Math, Science, Literacy, and Art by Cathy James - Book full of activities and crafts all centered around gardening. Great time to get this one and start planning for spring gardening.
For the Nature-Lover:
- The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell - The author is very creative in relating what he sees in the forest to the world at large.
- Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall - If you are a plant-lover this is a fun book. But most things Jane Goodall does are amazing and this book is not different. I actually listened to the audiobook and loved it.
- The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed by John Valliant - This is a sad story; no way around it, especially for nature-lovers. But if we don't know our past we can't improve our future.
For the Adventurer:
The mark of any good adventure story is not just the thrilling tales but it leaves you with a sense that you can make your own adventures and dreams happen despite your circumstances. Life is an adventure and good can be found. I know I have mentioned these books before but after all my reading they are still my favorites.
- Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph by Jennifer Pharr - Amazing story about the difficulties of making dreams happen.
- Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery - I loved learning more about the history of the Appalachian Trail and it gave me hope that I can still be in the woods even when my hair is completely grey.
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