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The Hike

Written and illustrated by Alison Farrell
Published by Chronicle Books
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Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
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What's The Hike About

Publisher Summary

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.

What Kind of Book is The Hike

Quotes from The Hike

  • A light rain comes and goes. The birds are happy. We listen to them chirp and chitter in the trees. At the top Wren takes out her flag, El reads her poem, and Hattie releases feathers into the wind.

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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Who Wrote The Hike

author & illustrator
Alison Farrell

Alison Farrell ‘s bike collection includes a tandem, a longtail, a box bike, a unicycle, and a trail bike. In other words, you won’t be surprised to learn she lives in Portland, Oregon. This is her first book

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Alison Farrell's Book Dedication

Dedicated to Finn, Brynn, and Morgan and to young hikers everywhere. Special thanks to Jenny Tilson and Scott Kloos.

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Book Details

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Publication Date:
October 8, 2019
Text Details:
Typeset in Sentinel.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were rendered in gouache, ink, and pencil.