Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival

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Anyone can get lost while camping or on a hike and Survivor Kid teaches young adventurers the survival skills they need if they ever find themselves lost or in a dangerous situation in the wild. Written by a search and rescue professional and lifelong camper, it’s filled with safe and practical advice on building shelters and fires, signaling for help, finding water and food, dealing with dangerous animals, learning how to navigate, and avoiding injuries in the wilderness. Ten projects include building a simple ...

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Overview

Anyone can get lost while camping or on a hike and Survivor Kid teaches young adventurers the survival skills they need if they ever find themselves lost or in a dangerous situation in the wild. Written by a search and rescue professional and lifelong camper, it’s filled with safe and practical advice on building shelters and fires, signaling for help, finding water and food, dealing with dangerous animals, learning how to navigate, and avoiding injuries in the wilderness. Ten projects include building a simple brush shelter, using a reflective surface to start a fire, testing your navigation skills with a treasure hunt, and casting animal tracks to improve your observation skills.        

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sue Poduska
A comprehensive reference for the serious hiker, this book is best used as a reference. The author packs an amazing amount of information into twelve short, but well-organized, chapters. Much of the information consists of good advice that this age group should be able to follow. The chapters are arranged in order of importance for actual survival. First up is shelter, without which a person can survive only three hours in extreme weather. Next is water, which a person needs to find within three days in the wilderness. Signals for help, fire-building, and avoidance of bugs, dangerous animals, and extreme weather follow. Finding food, navigation, and initial packing for the trip come next. Throughout, there are fun activities to help bring the message home, such as geocaching, a sort of treasure hunt to practice GPS or compass use. The author does get preachy occasionally, but this is a very serious subject. Each section is nevertheless readable. The websites listed appear to be very useful, as does the index. Reviewer: Sue Poduska
Kirkus Reviews

Based on her work with middle-school students, Long offers lessons on how to stay healthy and out of trouble while awaiting rescue, the same lessons taught to adults in her survival classes.

Her matter-of-fact, no-nonsense tone will play well with young readers, and the clear writing style is appropriate to the content. The engaging guide covers everything from building shelters to avoiding pigs and javelinas. With subjects like kissing bugs, scorpions, snow blindness and "How going to the bathroom can attract bears and mountain lions," the volume invites browsing as much as studying. The information offered is sometimes obvious: "If you find yourself facing an alligator, get away from it"; sometime humorous: Raccoons will "fight with your dog, steal all your food, then climb up a tree and call you bad names in raccoon language"; and sometimes not comforting: "When alligators attack on land, they usually make one grab at you; if they miss, you are usually safe." But when survival is at stake, the more information the better, especially when leavened with some wit. An excellent bibliography will lead young readers to a host of fascinating websites, and 150 clipart-style line drawings complement the text.

A splendid volume for young adventurers. (index not seen) (Nonfiction. 9-14)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569767085
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 92,591
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Long is a licensed private investigator and a former search and rescue (SAR) professional, who teaches wilderness survival classes for kids. She holds BA and BS degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and is a certified Crime Analyst. She was a fraud investigator on an FBI task force, a deputy probation officer, a crisis counselor, and a correctional officer. She has trained German Shepherds her entire life for search and rescue, pet therapy, and fun. She is a lifelong camper and nature enthusiast. 

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    highly recommended!

    My 9 year old son absolutely loves this book. He has read it and re-read it several times now and takes it with him when he goes camping and to the farm!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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