Hiking the Grand Mesa

Hiking the Grand Mesa

by Klye Torke, Barbara Torke

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Overview

Join Clementine on a Desert Adventure in the Colorado Dobies!

Join Coover, Conrad and their mighty dog, Clementine, as they explore one of the most unique landscapes in southern Colorado--the Grand Mesa! Their grandma takes them to the Dobies, a series of steep hills made from adobe clay that formed as the nearby volcanoes, now extinct, eroded. At first, Coover feels a little sad and lonely, but as he is introduced to the rich wildlife--from woodpeckers to toads, cattails and sunflowers--he feels stronger and more confident. As both boys tramp through their imaginative journey, the vivid history and beautiful scenery awaken them to a new world full of possibility and friendship. By the end of the day, everyone is happily exhausted and ready for the next adventure!

"Barbara Torke's ebullient paintings set a joyful mood as two adventurous boys and their valiant dog explore the ecology of the Colorado Dobies, an emotional landscape that at first seems barren and solitary, but, as the boys learn, is full of life. The story is about how imagination and companionship defeat loneliness, and the beautiful illustrations provide the rich texture of a vibrant journey of friends learning how to thrive."
--Sarah Treschl, Kurt Johnson award winning writer

"A fun and insightful adventure with vivid visual descriptions and language that engages and challenges readers--both young and old. The paintings leap off the pages and into your imagination. A poetic and visual treat!"
--Marisa Donnelly, author of Somewhere On A Highway

"Hiking the Grand Mesa comes to life in every sentence--brilliant images, constant movement and supportive interactions as the characters explore nature, enjoy each other's friendship and build upon shared imaginations. What a wonderful reading experience! You can share the adventure with everyone in your family, young and old!"
--Steve Staley, professor, author and grandfather

"Hiking the Grand Mesa is an essential book for today's children. Kyle Torke immerses them into nature's creations while providing a springboard for vocabulary development, contextual learning, and nourishment of imaginations. Cuddle and connect with your children as you read and wonder together."
-- Holli Kenley, author Pilates For Parenting: Stretch Yourself & Strengthen Your Family and Power Down & Parent Up

"The magical illustrations of Barbara Torke are worthy of a child's introduction to the joys discovered by Clementine; the children are worthy companions in discovery."
--C.G. Bouldin, feature writer, educator, canine rescuer (NC)

"Barbara Torke's vivid watercolor illustrations transport the reader to the adobe hills of west-central Colorado where the two brothers discover wildflowers, lizards, and the front end of a rusted jeep, which takes them and Clementine on an imaginary ride. A truly beautiful story and book."
--Carol McDermott, author of Bits and Pieces
Be sure to check out the first in the series -- Ice Breaking: The Adventures of Clementine the Rescue Dog

From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162919070
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Publication date: 04/04/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 16 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

KYLE TORKE: An adventure with children returns the adults in their company to a state of innocent wonder, and the transformative power of an alien landscape that forces us to look, really look at what is around us is a great joy. Grand Mesa is just such an adventure. As a writer, Kyle Torke hopes the best detail, the clear image, and the precise sentence will keep our eyes open as we read and then as we wander outside to see the world again-fresh now. He has published in every major genre (most recently a book of nonfiction, Tanning Season, as well as the first Clementine Adventure: Icebreaking!) and has taught at colleges and universities for nearly twenty-five years. He lives in Colorado with his family (wife Sarah and college-age sons Conrad, Coover, and Hunter and two canine friends, Nut and Bean). We encourage everyone to adopt from a rescue shelter and spay-neuter all pets! Take lots of walks and explore the world with children and dogs, our best guides.

BARBARA TORKE: A painting is a new lens on the world, a vitalized way of seeing the truth of flowers or people. We find our true emotions in the bursts of color and images that surface from our dreams and our daily interactions. Barbara Torke has been painting since she was a child on a farm on Colorado's Front Range, the great prairies. She studied art and education in college and has a BA and an MA. She taught art at the elementary school level for many years and now is a master teacher of other artists. Barbara lives on the Western Slope of Colorado, at the foot of Grand Mesa with her partner, Dale, and a bushel of cats.

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