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The Hike



written and illustrated by
Alison Farrell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Imprint
Chronicle
ISBN
9781452174617
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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.

Full-color illustrations were rendered in watercolor and ink.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

56

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

E

AR

2.7: points 0.5

Lexile

AD500L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jan 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Hiking. Friendship. Nature and the natural world. Sketchbooks. Art. Poetry. Flora and fauna. Woodlands. Mountains.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews*, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

Adventure is their middle name! Wren, El, and Hattie are three best friends who love to hike more than anything else. Their individual strengths complement one another as they make their way along the trail: Wren takes field notes, El teaches how to build leaf baskets to carry berries, and Hattie navigates using the map when they get lost. And their faithful canine companion, Bean, is there with them every step of the way. Beautifully illustrated, each page beckons readers in to explore, as a plethora of information can be found in every secret corner. The abundant detail means something new can be found in every reading. Unlike most picture books, the text is not the primary focus: the progression of the hike is told equally through the images, field notes, onomatopoeia, word bubbles, and short, deliberate sentences. Much like a true hike, movement and discovery in this story are punctuated by moments of reflection. The final pages are nearly wordless, allowing the reader to appreciate the achievement the girls have made. Readers will enjoy the addition of Wren’s field notes at the end of the book as they give more information about the flora and fauna observed on the hike. This is a perfect addition to elementary school libraries to support nontraditional readers who love the great outdoors.

Horn Book

Friends Wren, El, and Hattie (and dog Bean) spend the day hiking up a mountain trail and, incidentally, introducing readers to the wonders of the great outdoors. Each child has individual strengths and interests (sketching, writing, and explor¬ing, respectively) while working cooperatively as a team. The plot has a meander¬ing quality as the hikers start fast, slow their pace, get lost, make new discoveries (including finding a deer and a waterfall), reach the summit, and record their observations along the way. Dialogue in speech balloons adds humor to the story and depth to the characters’ personalities (“We may have eaten too many berries.” “Is that possible?”). Gouache, ink, and pencil illustrations feature an assortment of environmental elements that suggest a Pacific Northwest setting; circular insets, field guide–style labels, and back-matter spreads showing pages from Wren’s sketchbook provide additional detail. The typeface appears hand-lettered, which adds to a natural, down-to-earth aesthetic. When the characters reach the summit, the labels, sound effects, and dialogue drop off—allowing the scenery and the kids’ achievement to shine: “We did it.” An inviting, friendship-focused explora¬tion of time spent outdoors.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Adventure is their middle name! Wren, El, and Hattie are three best friends who love to hike more than anything else. Their individual strengths complement one another as they make their way along the trail: Wren takes field notes, El teaches how to build leaf baskets to carry berries, and Hattie navigates using the map when they get lost. And their faithful canine companion, Bean, is there with them every step of the way. Beautifully illustrated, each page beckons readers in to explore, as a plethora of information can be found in every secret corner. The abundant detail means something new can be found in every reading. Unlike most picture books, the text is not the primary focus: the progression of the hike is told equally through the images, field notes, onomatopoeia, word bubbles, and short, deliberate sentences. Much like a true hike, movement and discovery in this story are punctuated by moments of reflection. The final pages are nearly wordless, allowing the reader to appreciate the achievement the girls have made. Readers will enjoy the addition of Wren’s field notes at the end of the book as they give more information about the flora and fauna observed on the hike. This is a perfect addition to elementary school libraries to support nontraditional readers who love the great outdoors.

Horn Book

Friends Wren, El, and Hattie (and dog Bean) spend the day hiking up a mountain trail and, incidentally, introducing readers to the wonders of the great outdoors. Each child has individual strengths and interests (sketching, writing, and explor¬ing, respectively) while working cooperatively as a team. The plot has a meander¬ing quality as the hikers start fast, slow their pace, get lost, make new discoveries (including finding a deer and a waterfall), reach the summit, and record their observations along the way. Dialogue in speech balloons adds humor to the story and depth to the characters’ personalities (“We may have eaten too many berries.” “Is that possible?”). Gouache, ink, and pencil illustrations feature an assortment of environmental elements that suggest a Pacific Northwest setting; circular insets, field guide–style labels, and back-matter spreads showing pages from Wren’s sketchbook provide additional detail. The typeface appears hand-lettered, which adds to a natural, down-to-earth aesthetic. When the characters reach the summit, the labels, sound effects, and dialogue drop off—allowing the scenery and the kids’ achievement to shine: “We did it.” An inviting, friendship-focused explora¬tion of time spent outdoors.

ages 2-5
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