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. Volume XXII Number 11. . . .November 13, 2015
In writing the foreword to this book, Robert Bateman makes the point that today’s children are not enjoying themselves enough “playing out in nature”, but instead they are spending much of their time indoors with technology. The story is a message-driven plea for adults to change that.
Chloe and the unnamed narrator find vacation time here an unfamiliar experience without iPods and iPads. The electricity even goes out on the first night! Gramps introduces the two children to the wonders of the forest surrounding the little house by means of scavenger hunts and nature walks. Their own project is the building of a dam on the stream, in imitation of the local beavers.
A wondrous time is spent looking at the night sky and listening for sounds in the dark. A campfire with the makings for s’mores provided by Nana tops off the evening. There is a lot packed into what appears to be only the first day of the holiday.
The story is told in the present and explains, with scientific precision, the things the children are discovering. Meticulously-detailed watercolours capture the mood of the Northern Ontario woodland setting, from a deer in a clearing to a still-life of some of the children’s collected treasures to a cheery red-eyed vireo in close-up.
Ellen Heaney is a retired children’s librarian living in Coquitlam, BC.
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