Explorers of the Wild

by Cale Atkinson (Author) Cale Atkinson (Illustrator)

Explorers of the Wild
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Boy and Bear both love to explore the outdoors. There are so many neat things to see, and so many strange things to find. These explorers are prepared for anything . . . except each other!

When Bear and Boy meet in the woods, they're scared at first. Really scared. But soon these kings of the wild realize that no mountain is too big to conquer if you have a friend to climb it by your side.

Praise for Explorers of the Wild

"[An] exquisite book . . . [with] ravishing art." -- USA Today

Praise for To the Sea

"A whale's tale that dives deep and surfaces with useful lessons about making, keeping, and helping friends." -- Kirkus Reviews

"An unusual and appealing story about friendship." -- School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

Atkinson (To the Sea) reveals that the call of the wild isn't limited to humans. "I love to explore! It's my favorite thing to do," the book begins, and it's clear that those sentiments are shared by both a human boy and a small bear. Both have walking sticks, eager smiles, and curious personalities, and when Atkinson writes that "explorers are prepared for everything," parallel thought balloons show off their respective supplies: a camera, notebook, and flashlight for the boy, while the bear relies on a vine, fireflies, and stone tablets (both pack snacks). When the explorers meet, the nervousness is mutual, but they quickly recognize each other as kindred spirits, and the narration shifts accordingly: "Together, we found things to touch, things to see, things to hear." Atkinson creates an invitingly verdant forest, radiant with golden sunlight and jammed with things to discover, including lizards underneath logs and not-so-tasty slugs. Beyond celebrating what nature has to offer, Atkinson leaves readers with the tantalizing and valuable idea that exploration of any kind, whether in the wilderness or not, can turn "I" to "we." Ages 3-5. Agent: Nicole Tugeau, Tugeau2. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--A boy and a bear cub enjoy being in the woods. When they meet, they are wary of the unknown other but find common ground in their love of exploring. At first, each character describes his individual wanderings, but once they meet, the "I's" become "we's" and they narrate as one. The illustrations are vibrant and fill the entire page, with the text "handwritten" into the story.

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"[An] exquisite book . . . [with] ravishing art."—USA Today
Cale Atkinson
Cale Atkinson grew up exploring the great outdoors around Vancouver, Canada. He still never turns down the chance to lift up a rock or log and say hello to any creatures that live below. Cale is also the author of To the Sea. Visit him online at www.cale.ca or on Twitter @2dCale.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2016

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