Edited by Karen Nichols
Odin Ink, $15.00, 100 pages
Counting the Rings is a collection of passionate testimonials about the varying impact that Portland’s Outdoor School Program has had on its students since 1966. Sixth graders from Portland Public Schools spend a week at camp and learn about not only natural history, but about their peers, community, and a sense of place. The importance of the program shows through the testimonials, especially as a crucial moment of development in the lives of Portland’s future decision makers. The program allows students who do not perform well in classroom settings to thrive, and opens up others socially. Most important, it brings students from different socioeconomic backgrounds together. As one student attested about her camp experience, “there weren’t the haves and the have-nots.” Why is there the need for a book of testimonials from students, parents, camp leaders, and program staff? In recent years Outdoor School has shortened to a few days instead of a week for some schools and cancelled altogether for others because of budget cuts. The Friends of Outdoor School, who put this collection together, have raised money and garnered public support to keep the program alive. Every student deserves the opportunity to attend Outdoor School.
While there are many books that discuss the harm that humanity has inflicted on our planet, few go into detail into the various animals that overhunting, deforestation, and the effects of climate change are harming now and have driven to [...]
Michael Samulak’s A Wonderful Day! is a cute little children’s book about an adventure filled day at the zoo. The book is constructed so that there is a full page of illustration facing the page with the matching dialogue, which means that the [...]
Social Animals, by artist Ryan Berkley and writer Lucy Berkley, is an utterly charming, very cute little book that is destined to belong among the collections of people who enjoy coffee table books. The book features twenty-seven beasts, each of [...]