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.

From Crisis to Recovery: Proceedings of the 6th Annual Rocky Mountain Disaster Mental Health Conference

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Events around the world continue to present challenges for first responders and mental
health professionals. Natural and man-made disasters continue. Evidence mounts concerning
potential events such as global warming and the effects this may have worldwide. Avian Flu
remains a concern as do forms of biological terrorism and natural hazards such as tsunamis,
floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. The 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Thailand continues to
have a significant impact on that area of the world. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to
impact those countries, the Middle East and the United States. Preparing our communities and
families not only for deployments and support of those deployed and their families, but also
for the aftermath and return of our military and National Guard personnel into our communities
is important for all.

What can we expect from all of these? How do communities and first responders handle
these? What role does mental health play? How do first responders and mental health professionals
plan together for responding to future events and learning from past ones. Using a
strategic planning approach, how do we identity potential threats and identify target populations
and groups? What resources are available for which identified threats? How do we do
such planning, how often, and how do we exercise such plans prior to events? What can we
learn from such events and how do we incorporate what we learn into future planning?

It is crucial that response, resilience, recovery and follow-up be included in our planning.
Additional variables important in responding include cultural knowledge and sensitivity. We
need to prepare to respond appropriately within a culture not our own, whether locally,
nationally, or internationally.

November 8-10, 2007, the Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute held
their Annual Disaster Mental Health Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The theme of this
conference was: From Crisis To Recovery: Resilience and Strategic Planning for the Future.

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