With the holiday season upon us, life can get busy. Make sure to take some time to settle in with a good book between building a snowman and sipping hot cocoa.
Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris
Kate Harris’ book Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road tells the story of the author’s love of adventure while giving the reader a glimpse at a thrilling journey along the Silk Road in Tibet.
Harris’ travelogue provides background into life of adventure, from growing up in a small town in Canada to summers of travel in college. Fascination with travel and adventure led Harris and her college friend to explore the Silk Road via bicycle. While that seems adventuresome enough, Harris details the struggles and challenges that come along with her life of adventure, including sneaking past border guards due to lack of proper visas.
Harris traveled for the love of adventure. She wasn’t trying to escape or run away from anything. That’s what fascinated and inspired me the most. She provided me with inspiration and left me wanting to plan a grand adventure of my own.
Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
This story of adventure follows Miss Maple as she travels to gather and collect seeds to care for until they return to the earth to grow. Providing a message of “small but mighty,” Miss Maple points out that even the tallest of tress started as the smallest of seeds. Miss Maple is a whimsical character that children will love, and the illustrations in the story are beautiful and engaging to the reader and child.
The message of being small but strong will be a hit with a preschool-age audience. It may also be used before a hike, and after the book is finished being read, young hikers can look for seeds.
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