The Hike
The Hike
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The Hike

Written and illustrated by Alison Farrell
Published by Chronicle Books
Prices as of Sep 17

What Does Bookroo Think of The Hike

This casual and interactive reading experience is a breath of fresh air.

The tale of three young friends—in graduated sizes and varying ethnicities— as they hike to the top of Buck Mountain, The Hike follows Wren, El and Hattie as they wind their way through nature in a reading experience that feels very much like the subject matter itself: a casual hike with rather knowledgeable friends that’s far faster on the way down than it is on the way up. They eat berries, get lost and generally enjoy the great outdoors from the bottom of the mountain all the way to the top and then back down again, in a way that’s thin on plot, thick on side notes and interjections, but somehow feels just right. As they reach the top of the mountain Wren takes out her flag, El reads her poem and Hattie releases feathers into the wind as a beautiful reminder that each has something unique to offer. Where this book truly shines, however, is its celebration of nature, pointing out interesting things along the trail that are further explained in the final pages detailing Wren’s sketchbook, which invites learning without lecturing.The format is perfectly suited to a tailored reading depending on the needs and interests of an individual reader!

What Kind of Book is The Hike


What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • 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?


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Book Details

Publication Date
October 8, 2019
Text Details
Typeset in Sentinel.
Illustration Details
The illustrations in this book were rendered in gouache, ink, and pencil.
Page Count
Reading Age
3 - 5 years

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Core Score - 51%

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Depth Score - 28%

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