Yosemite National Park: Harrowing Ascent of Half Dome

Yosemite National Park: Harrowing Ascent of Half Dome

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by Mike Graf, Marjorie Leggitt
     
 

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This is James Parker reporting. Yosemite is amazing! The rock walls here are thousands of feet high . . . The Parkers, an intrepid family of four, hit the trail once again, this time in Yosemite, one of the country's most popular national parks. Ten-year-old twins James and Morgan take in the beauty of the sequoia trees and attempt an ascent of the exciting "cables

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This is James Parker reporting. Yosemite is amazing! The rock walls here are thousands of feet high . . . The Parkers, an intrepid family of four, hit the trail once again, this time in Yosemite, one of the country's most popular national parks. Ten-year-old twins James and Morgan take in the beauty of the sequoia trees and attempt an ascent of the exciting "cables" route on Half Dome. Will they make it to the top? 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! Books in the Adventures with the Parkers Series:Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks: Danger in the NarrowsGlacier National Park: Going to the SunGrand Canyon National Park: Tail of the ScorpionGreat Smoky Mountains National Park: Ridge Runner RescueMount Rushmore, Badlands, Wind Cave: Going UndergroundOlympic National Park: Touch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the GlacierRocky Mountain National Park: Peril on Longs PeakYellowstone National Park: Eye of the GrizzlyYosemite National Park: Harrowing Ascent of Half Dome

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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 - Ellen Welty
Twins James and Morgan Parker and their parents are on the trip of a lifetime, backpacking and climbing in Yosemite National Park. While the kids are climbing the face of Ranger Rock with their climbing guide they meet another climber who has been injured in a previous accident and can no longer use his legs, so he is using special equipment to help him climb the rock. The kids and their parents will be climbing Half-Dome later in the week and find out that the handicapped climber will be there too. The book follows the Parker family and in alternating chapters, the handicapped climber and the guide. The author weaves in a great deal of factual information along with the story including information about the popular hikes in Yosemite, the waterfalls, and the bears. When the family encounters Mark, the disabled climber, and Mike, the climbing guide, again, Mike has suffered an injury from a falling rock and Mark is working with him to make sure that he is able to finish the climb up Half-Dome. The writing style is entertaining and the facts are interesting and well presented. The book is filled with breathtaking photos of the park as well as ink and watercolor sketches. Part of a series on the national parks, this book will be popular with middle school children and their teachers. Recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762779734
Publisher:
Falcon Guides
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Series:
Adventures with the Parkers Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
831,564
Product dimensions:
6.80(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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