With lyrical language that captures the majesty of the natural world coupled with fun narrative featured throughout, this spirited picture book tells the victorious story of three girls’ friendship—and their tribulations and triumphs in the great outdoors. Here is the best and worst of any hike: from picnics to puffing and panting, deer-sighting to detours. Featuring a glossary, a sketchbook by one of the characters, abundant labels throughout, and scientific backmatter, this book is a must-have for budding scientists, best friends, and all adventurers. And it proves, as if proof were needed, what epic things can happen right in your own backyard.
As you join Wren, El, and Hattie on their hike, Farrell points out a host of different elements of nature you may not have been familiar with before. Did you learn anything new from the main story or from Wren’s sketchbook at the end? What is a nurse log? Why can’t you find thimbleberries at the store? What makes a waterfall a plunge waterfall?
Each friend has a unique contribution to make—Hattie is good with directions, El teaches the friends how to make leaf baskets and Wren keeps a beautiful sketchbook. What are some of your special talents?
Dedicated to Finn, Brynn, and Morgan and to young hikers everywhere. Special thanks to Jenny Tilson and Scott Kloos.