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Children's LiteratureAuthor 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