The Hike

by Alison Farrell (Author)

The Hike
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

The Hike is a plucky and sweet adventure story about three intrepid young female explorers set out to conquer the outdoors in their local forest. Here is the best and worst of any hike: from picnics to puffing and panting, deer-sighting to detours. This spirited picture book is filled with lyrical language that captures the majesty of the natural world, coupled with a fun narrative throughout. - Features a glossary and scientific backmatter- Includes a sketchbook by one of the characters that highlights aspects of the hike- Abundant labels throughout for scientific learning.

The Hike is about how fun it can be to explore nature in your own backyard. This book is a must-have for budding scientists, best friends, and all adventurers in preschool and kindergarten. - A wonderful gift for parents and grandparents of kids who like to explore and get dirty outside- Perfect for teachers and librarians looking for an outdoors-themed book- Great for fans of We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury, The Bad Seed by Jory John, and We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines.

Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review

Publishers Weekly

This lovely chronicle of an outdoor adventure by Farrell (Cycle City) introduces Wren, El, Hattie, and Bean the dog, for whom hiking is "our favorite thing to do." Setting off together, the group plans to head through a winding forest path and celebrate sunset at the peak of Buck Mountain (which various wildlife clues place in the Pacific Northwest). The trio exudes an easygoing confidence and egalitarianism--the handwritten narration is always in the collective we, and Hattie, the littlest, is a valued contributor to the cause ("Hattie always finds the route"). This sense of camaraderie, along with direct writing and that enthusiasm that animates the detailed, naïf-style art, quickly draws in the reader. After a fast start ("In the beginning, we run like maniacs"), the team begins savoring their surroundings; dialogue balloons ("Achoo," Bean says, spotting a deer) and insets from Wren's sketchbook amplify the action, while unobtrusive but diligent flora and fauna labels ("a stand of red alder trees," "glacial striations") underscore the idea that everything under the sun can be both named and notable. Readers may find it difficult to resist the call of the wild after closing the cover. Ages 3-5. Agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-4--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. VERDICT This is a perfect addition to elementary school libraries to support nontraditional readers who love the great outdoors.--Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver Public Library

Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"Beautifully illustrated . . . This is a perfect addition to elementary school libraries to support readers who love the great outdoors." School Library Journal
Alison Farrell
Alison Farrell is the author/illustrator of Cycle City and The Hike. Her favorite food group is sauerkraut, and she regularly rides a unicycle and bakfiets-style cargo bike. In other words, you won't be surprised to learn she lives in Portland, Oregon.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2019

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