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.

I'm Mixed and I'm Me

A Celebration of Multiracial and Multicultural Identity
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Product Details
UPC: 978-161599-713-8
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Audiobook: Audible, iTunes
Edition: 1st
Author: Sarah Porter
Illustrator: Carlos Solano
Pages: 24
Publication Date: 02/01/2023

Snacks and Wiggles are on a journey, snacking and dancing through their day to understand where they came from and why they are different from some of their friends. From Mommy's northern Maine woods to Daddy's Jamaican beaches, they will explore what it means to be from two different cultures. They will learn what sets them apart but also how their differences are exactly what make them special.

Key learning points include:

  • Many feelings are associated with figuring out your identity
  • There are many ways to be a family
  • It's important to understand differences
  • The color of your skin does not define you
  • Kindness is what unites us all
  • We are all the same on the inside
  • Each parent brings something unique to your identity and culture
  • No matter what you look like, you are loved for who you are

"As part of a mixed couple, we often receive stares, and my children get questions. It is so important to teach children to focus on the similarities rather than the differences and to understand that love breaks all barriers. Love the book!" --Dr. Deborah Gracia, D.O. and mom

"Sarah Porter has written a delightful, rhyming book with colorful illustrations that will help children of all cultures and races be proud of their identity and give them a sense of belonging. Children will understand the importance of embracing diversity and accepting others-regardless of the color of their skin or their diverse heritages. This book will delight all children who, at some point, will struggle with their identity." --Kim Larkins, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, author of Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo: Breathing in the Calm

"I'm Mixed and I'm Me is a must-read for any family, especially those with multicultural children. Beautifully written and colorfully illustrated, it's an excellent book to read with your kids. It teaches children the simple yet all-important lessons of self-love and empowerment." --Dr. Sonali Ruder, ER physician and founder of TheFoodiePhysician.com

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