Two in the Wilderness: Adventures of a Mother and Daughter in the Adirondack Mountains

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Grab a paperback and join Sandra Weber and her eleven-year-old daughter Marcy for a trek in the Adirondack wilderness. Feel the sensation of climbing mountains, sleeping in open lean-tos, eating wild blueberries, floating like lily pads, and laughing with loons. Add alpine flowers, a bear, and five days of rain, and the result is an appreciation of nature. By the end of the 60-mile trip, mother and daughter also learn to appreciate each other.

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Overview

Grab a paperback and join Sandra Weber and her eleven-year-old daughter Marcy for a trek in the Adirondack wilderness. Feel the sensation of climbing mountains, sleeping in open lean-tos, eating wild blueberries, floating like lily pads, and laughing with loons. Add alpine flowers, a bear, and five days of rain, and the result is an appreciation of nature. By the end of the 60-mile trip, mother and daughter also learn to appreciate each other.

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Children's Literature
Author and nature enthusiast Sandra Weber had always wanted to share her love of the Adirondack Mountains with her daughter Marcy. When Marcy turned eleven, Weber thought the time was right for an extended mother-daughter backpacking trip to some of the best spots in New York's Adirondack Park. The planned trip was to be almost two weeks long and their record of it, along with photographs of the trip, are the foundation of this book. Weber gives a history of the park and descriptions of the flora and fauna and keeps a record of her time with Marcy exploring the forests, lakes and trails of the park. Day by day, eleven days total, readers follow Weber and Marcy and learn about the geography and human culture of the area. We also read excerpts from Marcy's journal to get her—often different—perspective. Packed full of information about nature in general and the Adirondacks specifically, Weber's text is also an interesting and lovely account of a mother and daughter having fun and learning together. This book is inspiring and informative and the photographs are great, but it is more of a personal account than an academic one, despite its wealth of non-personal details. 2005, Calkins Creek Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sarah Rachel Egelman
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Weber, an experienced and avid hiker, recounts with vivid detail a 12-day journey with her 11-year-old daughter, Marcy, in the Adirondack Mountains. Together they climbed peaks, crossed beaver dams, endured rainstorms, and explored beautiful forests. The narrative weaves together the history of the mountains, both geological and cultural, with a here-and-now account of their ups and downs through this rugged landscape. The details of food preparation and footwear mingle with descriptions of soaring landscapes and encounters with the fauna of the area. While the writing occasionally strays to the simplistic, laying out the most mundane of details, the narrative still manages to hold attention and impart interesting historical facts about the people and places that make the Adirondacks so fascinating. Sidebars from Marcy's own journal of the trip offer up a humorous counterpoint to her mother's poetic descriptions of the environment. Color photographs, taken by a local artist who joined the duo periodically, document most of the outing, allowing readers to share intimate glimpses at the mother-daughter relationship. This title is likely to appeal to girls looking for a bit of adventure in their nonfiction reading. A strong addition to any mountaineering collection.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590781821
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. She is the author of three Adirondack history books. In 2003, Sandra became an Adirondack Forty-Sixer, having climbed all forty-six high peaks.

Carl lives in the Adirondacks with his wife, a cat, and a flock of chickens. His photos have appeared in many books, magazines, calendars, posters, and museum exhibits. He is the author of two photo books and the producer of two multi-image videos.

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