Hello, friends! Our book today is How to Be an Explorer: Outdoor Skills and Know-How for Young Adventurers, written by Tiger Cox and illustrated by Kim Hankinson, an awesome guidebook for the budding wilderness scout.
Gear up, explorers! Because as any good adventurer knows, the key to a successful foray into the unknown wildness is preparation, and this handy hardcover is the perfect place to start. Walking young readers step-by-step through skills like water filtration, building shelter, lighting a fire, and even basics like what to pack and wear, bookworms can get a crash course in the basics of outdoor adventuring, and even learn about six real-life explorers along the way.
A fantastic reference guide for the adventurous bookworm. Covering skills that range from basic (like interpreting maps and tying knots) to more advanced (like identifying edible versus poisonous plants), Cox has compiled a commendable compendium of the types of outdoorsy activities that kids love to learn about. A nice addition are the mini-biographies of the historical explorers, a lineup that includes a diversity of genders and ethnicities. The design, photography, and illustrations are all eye-catching, well laid-out, and colorful. There is a notable scarcity of adult supervision warnings for potentially dangerous activities (using a knife gets one, but lighting a fire does not, for example). This, plus the nature of the content, make this a title best for older elementary and middle-grade readers, though JJ did enjoy learning about the explorers. Overall, a pretty stellar guidebook for young explorers, but caregiver supervision is advised. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)