Eleanor is reading whole chapters on her own! This is so great.
We're in Maine now -- haven't made it to the Saco for canoeing yet, but are very happy to be away from city life. Your pal and occasional guest blogger Denise posted a great question on my last post:
What are some other books like these that would inspire hiking and camping trips? My daughter is a resistant hiker though reciting/singing We're Going on a Bear Hunt always keeps her going for a little while. But we do need more inspiration for our imminent camping trip:-)I can't think of a perfect book, but let me offer two that might help, and some advice.
Play with Me, by Marie Hall Ets is a sweet picture book (1955) about a girl who wanders into a meadow looking for playmates. She meets a series of animals (grasshopper, frog, turtle, fawn, etc) who run away when she gets too close. She eventually sits by a pond and the animals all come back. It gives a feel of the elusiveness of animals in the wild, and of needing to act a bit differently when one is looking for them. It's also just a lovely classic book.
Good old Henry and Mudge come through on this topic with a camping book:
Henry and Mudge and the Starry Night, by Cynthia Rylant. Henry and his parents -- with, of course, his big dog Mudge -- go camping. They hike to their campsite:
They walked and walkedAnd there's a list of what they see: fish, deer, waterfall, rainbow. Mudge gets very fond of all the smells. They end up sleeping under the stars.
and climbed and climbed.
It was beautiful.
I'm going to veer off books for a minute to offer a solution which worked real well in our family: always hike with friends. Slogging up that trail with mom and dad and siblings can get a little old, tiring, whine-inducing. But add another family with kids -- with us slightly older kids were the best -- and it becomes an adventure. Being in a new place with friends makes it all a lot more fun. And if you're the kind of family that likes to sing a few tunes from Broadway musicals as you go, you'll be at the top of whatever you're climbing before you know it.
Enjoy your trip, Denise.