Book Review: Too Far to Wander
I just released, Too Far to Wander, a short novel that teaches about science in a Pacific Northwest wilderness setting. The audience for the book is primarily 3rd to 5th grade readers, however, I also have in mind older students who are disengaged from the learning environment. This book is a story of redemption written for a secular audience. It could be used both in traditional schools and in homeschool settings.
The book takes the reader from the lowlands into the high country of the Pacific Northwest wilderness, following the unwitting adventures of a student with low self-esteem. Along the way, the reader learns about natural and cultural history, science and stewardship. By teaching these values through an exciting story, I hope to also foster a true sense of wonder in order that students can become creative, caring adults who are dedicated to environmental and community stewardship. It is my hope that this book will generate stewardship principles within student readers and inspire them to look at the world—and their role in it—in a new way.
Extension activities in the form of Discussion Questions and Creative Connections follow the story. A web page (http://www.interactive-earth.com/wander.html) also includes these in a printable format.
I have made available an online review copy in PDF format: too-far-to-wander-review-copy.pdf (login required). If purchasing a book for a class, I'm providing a school discount.
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