Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave: Going Underground

Mount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave: Going Underground

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by Mike Graf, Marjorie Leggitt
     
 

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A Family Journey in Some of Our Greatest National ParksJames saw something unusual sticking out of the ground. "Hey, you guys!" he called out with nervous anticipation. Morgan and Mom jogged over to the gully for an inspection. Mom kneeled down for a closer look. Then she stood up and touched her chin. "Wow!" she exclaimed. "That is definitely not a rock."What did

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A Family Journey in Some of Our Greatest National ParksJames saw something unusual sticking out of the ground. "Hey, you guys!" he called out with nervous anticipation. Morgan and Mom jogged over to the gully for an inspection. Mom kneeled down for a closer look. Then she stood up and touched her chin. "Wow!" she exclaimed. "That is definitely not a rock."What did James find? Join the Parkers, an intrepid family of four, as they go underground at Wind Cave, experience severe thunderstorms in the Badlands, and witness poachers illegally taking fossilized bones. What will happen when the family spots the criminals on the Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore a few days later? Each book in the exciting Adventures with the Parkers series for kids 8–13 explores a popular national park and is packed with adventure as well as engaging and educational facts about nature, outdoor safety, and much more. Vacation has never been this fun!

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"Reading Mr. Graf's wonderful and often breathtaking vacation adventures of the Parker family made me want to grab my backpack and head for the high country."—Marsha Holland, literacy coordinator
Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Encounter fossils, caves, and storm chasers as the Parkers traverse the trails of South Dakota's awe-inspiring national parks. Robert and Kristen Parker lead their twin children, James and Morgan, on a series of mini-adventures through three parks, even coming across a pair of mischievous fossil poachers at Badlands National Park. Unfortunately, the poachers get away, but not before the Parkers record their description. The adventurers end with a visit to Mount Rushmore. It just so happens, the poachers turn up there! After reporting this information to park rangers, the Parkers sit back and enjoy the evening lighting ceremony of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. In the latest of the "Adventures with the Parkers" series, Graf once again places the quaint family of four in the midst of natural wonders. He is a master of description, transporting readers to trails and caves, vividly depicting surroundings. The family's adventures present readers with tantalizing sneak-peeks of what park visitors may encounter. Lamentably, Graf's dialogue is bland and unrealistic, making the family sound like knowledgeable automatons. His emotionally flawless characters lack quirks that give young city readers something with which to relate. Nevertheless, adults and some younger readers will be attracted to Graf's magnificent imagery, taking them to places they may not have the chance to witness, or inspiring them to plan a visit. Reviewer: Remy Dou

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762779680
Publisher:
Falcon Guides
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Series:
Adventures with the Parkers Series, #9
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mike Graf has shared his writing and national park experiences with children and teachers in hundreds of schools. Graf has been a TV weathercaster at six different television stations and an elementary schoolteacher for nine years. Since becoming a full-time writer, he has penned more than 70 books for children. A national park fanatic, Graf visits about twenty-five national parks across the country every year. He lives in Chico, California.

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