Children of the Forest

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by Elsa Beskow

Age: 2+

Interests: little people, nature, forest, animals, fairies, family, seasons, Sweden

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Call it Courage

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Call It Courage

by Armstrong Sperry

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, boats, ocean, sea creatures, storms, Polynesia, islands

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Julie of the Wolves

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1973

JULIE OF THE WOLVES

by Jean Craighead George

Age: 11+

Interests: wilderness survival, nature, arctic, animals, wolves, Inuit, First Nations, strong girls More

Summer Hikes… with Kids

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Here’s a great post about hiking with little ones: Five Tips for Joyful Hiking with Little Kids courtesy of nature mom.

A particularly good suggestion is “forget about the destination”, though this can change with the age of the child. At age 3-4 this definitely applies, as they are distracted by every little thing they see, and it’s best to just resign yourself to the fact that as soon as they start flagging, it’s time to turn around and head back, no matter how far you’ve gotten.

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Starbuck Valley Winter

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CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BOOK OF THE YEAR – 1947

Starbuck Valley Winter

by Roderick Haig-Brown

Age: 10 +

Interests: hunting, wilderness survival, winter survival, animals, canoeing, Canada, British Columbia

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Little House in the Big Woods

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Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

HarperCollins, 1932

238 pp. – 13 chapters

Age: 6 + (read to); 7+ (independent reading)

Interests: history, pioneer life, farming, autobiography, seasons, nature

Also by this author: continuing in the series – Farmer Boy, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake

Next: Caddie Woodlawn, Sarah Plain and Talland picture books – Abraham Lincoln, Ox-Cart Man

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The Incredible Journey (1963)

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The Incredible Journey

Released: 1963

Rated: G

Length: 80 min

Age: 3+

Scary Factor: various dangerous situations for animals are rather tamely presented, not disturbing at all, and no notable injuries are sustained; cat is swept away in river but later rescued; a man shoots at dog rummaging in garbage can, but mainly to scare him away; cat is chased by a lynx but escapes

Interests: pets, cats, dogs, wilderness, nature, Canada, adventure

Next: read the book The Incredible Journey

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The Water-Babies

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The Water-Babies

by Charles Kingsley

originally published in 1863

144 pp.

Age: 6+ (read to)

Interests: fairies, magic, animals, nature, religion, bad behaviour

Next: other Victorian fairy stories – The Magic Fishbone (Dickens), The Princess and the Goblin, The Cuckoo Clock, Alice in Wonderland

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Swallows and Amazons, Pigeon Post

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Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome

London: Jonathan Cape, 1930

363 pp.

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1936

by Arthur Ransome

London: Jonathan Cape, 1936

433 pp.

Age: (read to) 6+, (read independently) 9+

Interests: boats, sailing, camping, adventures, summer vacation, maps, exploring

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Bambi (1942)

Bambi

Released: 1942

Rated: G

Length: 70 min.

Age: 5+         (commonsense media says 5+ too)

Scary Factor/Violence: one antler-slamming battle between Bambi and another stag; terror-stricken animals flee a large forest fire; a scary fight with vicious hunting dogs; gunshots are heard but deaths occur offscreen

Intense Scenes: death of Bambi’s mother (see full review for description)

Interests: animals, forest, nature, seasons, deer

Next: book Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

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