Home School Book Review on Hiking the Grand Mesa

Torke, Kyle.  Hiking the Grand Mesa: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Story (Published in 2020  by Loving Healing Press, 5145  Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI  48205).   Two young boys, Coover and Conrad, go with their Grandma and their mighty rescue dog, Clementine, on a desert adventure.  They hike through the southern Colorado Dobies, a series of steep hills made from adobe clay that formed as the nearby volcanoes, now extinct, eroded.  Their goal is to explore one of the most unique landscapes in Colorado–the Grand Mesa. At first, Coover seems a little sad and lonely at the apparently barren and solitary landscape, but Grandma introduces him to the rich wildlife, both plant and animal, around them, and both boys go tramping through an imaginative journey.  What will they see?  Where will they go?  And what will they do?

Hiking the Grand Mesa is a nature lover’s dream.  Beginning readers will be fascinated by the vivid history of the area as described in author Kyle Torke’s clear, detailed text, and by the beautiful scenery depicted in illustrator Barbara Torke’s gorgeous watercolor paintings.

This fun and insightful story is a wonderful, challenging reading experience with vocabulary development, contextual learning, and the encouragement of imagination.  From woodpeckers and toads, to cattails and sunflowers, youngsters will be awakened to a whole new world.  The first book in the series is Ice Breaking: The Adventures of Clementine the Rescue Dog.

101 Tips for Surviving in a Pandemic

A Generation Z Guidebook
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Product Details
UPC: 978-1-6159-9645-2
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Audiobook: Audible, iTunes
Edition: 1st
Author: Kate Battaglia
Pages: 44
Publication Date: 02/01/2022

Kate Paris Battaglia, a resilient high school student, has taken advantage of COVID-imposed solitude to author her first book: 101 Tips for Surviving in a Pandemic: A Generation Z Guidebook. Born near 2000, Kate allows readers to travel into the minds of a generation accustomed to the technology of the internet. However, she surprisingly does not dwell on social media to cure all ills that COVID-19 and its variants have inflicted upon the "zoomers" of Gen Z. This astute young author:

  • offers advice on finding creative outlets in confined spaces.
  • suggests sharing resources and affection with both neighbor and stranger.
  • provides hope to those who have lost it in the melee of COVID variants, uncertain vaccines and treatments, and a changing educational and work landscape.
  • gives older generations (as baby boomers) a new vocabulary - like vlog!

Her survival tips are as simple as planting flowers and as complex as forgiveness. Kate Battaglia truly gives us a COVID guidebook for all ages!

"As a special education teacher and mother, I have labored to engage the young during periods of isolation (and remote learning) during the COVID -19 pandemic. Kate Battaglia has written the book I didn't know I needed, with tips that are useful and intuitive. She gives readers a window into the world of Generation Z, and new vocabulary to use both in teaching and parenting!" - Kelly B. Darmofal, author of 101 Tips for Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

"I have been running online courses on positive psychology to help people cope with climate and COVID anxiety. I found many of my recommendations among the tips in this delightful little book, adapted to the needs and preferences of today's young people. As a Professional Grandfather, I am delighted to adopt Kate as a granddaughter, and can see a great future ahead of her. This list of 101 Tips is a coping aid, but it is also amusing and entertaining. Regardless of your age, you can't do much better than to use it as a starting point for improving your attitude to life, regardless of your circumstances." - Bob Rich, PhD, author of From Depression to Contentment: A Self-Therapy Guide

"The isolation experienced by GEN Z due this pandemic is worrisome to all educators across the world. Kate's tips encourage GEN Z to take risks, challenge their minds and emotions, all while daring to try something new to support their social emotional well being and growth!" - Maria J. Davis, M.Ed., Barbieri Elementary School Principal, Massachusetts

From Loving Healing Press.

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