Wisconsin Natural Resources - Kathryn A Kahler
As fate would have it, another book crossed our desk that deserves mention here.
Grandparents, Wisconsin Style, by Mike Link and Kate Crowley (Adventure Publications, 159 pages, $14.95) is an excellent guide grandparents can use to "get out, get going, take those grandchildren and experience the world again for the first time through heir smiles, their curiosity, their wonder and their energy." You'll find 74 Wisconsin destinations - some natural, others manmade. Each has a two-page description including suggested opportunities for "bonding and bridging" that each destination offers, the best season for a visit, contact information, and "a word to the wise" to help prepare for the trip or avoid disappointments. Each entry also comes witha recommendation for how old your grandchild should be to get the maximum benefit from the trip.
The authors are a husband and wife team who speak from experience, with four young grandchildren of their own. They challenge grandparents to pass on their wealth of life experiences, just as elders across the generations have passed on traditions of their own. The simplest of experiences - like baking cookies or flying a kite - will be the ones your grandchildren will treasure most. Season them with field trips to pick cherries in Door County, ride a train through the Baraboo Hills, or experience the thrill of a dog sled race, and your grandchildren will have their own wealth of memories to pass on someday.
Wisconsin State Journal - William R. Wineke
Grandparents' travel guide
OK, this might be a little cheesy. But if you want to give a subtle hint to your parents about how they could take the grandkids off your hands for a few hours or a couple of days, "Grandparents Wisconsin Style: Places to Go & Wisdom to Share" by Mike Link and Kate Crowley (Adventure Publications: $14.95), might make a good Christmas gift.
The authors are married and their connection to Wisconsin is that Link spent childhood summers at his grandparents home in Rice Lake. The two now live in Minnesota. The book is a travel book of fun places in Wisconsin to take one's grandchildren.
Included are Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame - but the authors also suggest the International Clown Hall of Fame in West Allis, the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hayward and the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame in Stevens Point.
"Ask your grandchildren to tell you what a hero is," they write. "The halls of fame are filled with athletic prowess, but see if you can find the stories about the athletes who rose above the sport and helped the community. Find the qualities in sports that are important to everyone, in every line of work - intelligence, dedication, practice, knowledge, teamwork. Then emphasize these qualities as you enjoy thinking about the Packer champions and championships."
They also recommend Old World Wisconsin, the State Capitol in Madison and the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom.
Each entry suggests the optimum age for the grandchild, includes addresses, telephone numbers and "words to the wise" about how to make the trip enjoyable.
To be honest, there's nothing about this guidebook to really set it apart from the others on the market - except that it is aimed at grandparents and, thus, makes a handy and inexpensive gift to wrap for the old folks.
-William R. Wineke A