Given the difficulty of gaining admission to our National Parks in 2021, Marie von Minden provides a virtual opportunity for young explorers to experience the Grand Canyon through an interactive multimedia journey with Kristi Kay, a darling Cairn Terrier. This may well be the next best thing to being there.
Follow the adventure of a lively little dog whose dream of hiking the canyon becomes a reality when she befriends a California condor and an Abert’s squirrel; together they explore the Grand Canyon.
As they journey down into the canyon, Kristi Kay learns about the National Park System, the Junior Ranger Program, early human presence in the canyon, the struggle of the California Condor to survive and the Condor Recovery Program, and a family of squirrels divided by the Colorado River a long time ago.
The story, filled with videos, sounds and animations, is followed by an educational section where children may learn more about the topics included. The educational section makes this ebook perfect for school settings and for curious children who wish to expand their knowledge, it can also be helpful when planning a family vacation at the Grand Canyon or the summer’s camping trip. Additional questions at the end of the book encourage children to do further research on their own.
This interactive ebook is especially appropriate for children 7-11 years old, and as a read aloud for younger children, and it would also be well-suited for an educational setting. Divided into 12 chapters, the book lends itself to be read in several sessions at the age appropriate pace.