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Do Princesses and Super Heroes Hit the Trails?

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Another fantastic and inspiring book from the author of the Do Princesses...? series! Join our favorite princess and her super hero companion as they explore the national parks and discover that the Great Outdoors hold a bounty of excitement and adventure!

32 pages, Hardcover

Published October 15, 2016

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Carmela LaVigna Coyle

35 books53 followers
Carmela LaVigna Coyle's first book, Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? is enjoyed by little princesses everywhere. And now there are several Do Princess titles to choose from. She writes from her studio in Colorado with a puppy on her lap, and beside a wall of glass "to better see the seasons."

Carmela wrote her first story, "Forget-Me-Not," when she was ten-years-old. She hasn't forgotten it... she just can't find it.

She's married, and has two fabulous college age children.

Carmela has a degree in Elementary Education.

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Profile Image for Peacegal.
9,785 reviews87 followers
July 27, 2021
This fun celebration of the great outdoors features an active family who visit various national parks. Young readers will learn a little about America's national parks and also plenty of things you can do in them.

Humane parents note: The Grand Canyon section features the mule pack ride attraction, which is not without controversy.
Profile Image for Storywraps.
1,965 reviews26 followers
September 13, 2016
This gem of a book is written in rhyme. The family decides to go exploring in the National Parks across the U.S.A. They pack their car to the max and the adventures begin.

"What can we do for an epic FUN day?
These National Parks seem like a good place to play.
Do you think we can get to every last park?
Somehow I doubt we'll be back before dark."

You, the reader, are invited to participate in their wanderlust as our favourite princess and her superhero brother learn about the "awesomeness" of nature and surviving in the great outdoors.

The illustrations are cartoon-like, expressive and full of action. Join in on the fun as the family visits twelve different parks such as Glacier, Yellowstone, Denali and Yosemite, just to name a few. This book may inspire you to go on a similar adventure with your family or to dig deeper and learn more about these nature-filled parks. The back of the book lists them all and includes a special fact about each.

Not only is this book fun to read it is educational. Get your maps out, be sure the car is gassed up and away you go................!!!

Profile Image for Carla.
5,795 reviews122 followers
August 18, 2016
This is another great picture book in the "Do Princesses...." series by Carmela LaVigna Coyle. "Join our favorite princess and her super hero companion as they explore the national parks and discover that the Great Outdoors hold a bounty of excitement and adventure!"

This picture book has cute illustrations and rhyming words that lead us through various National Parks with the princess, her super-hero brother and their parents They visit 12 different parks such as Yellowstone, Denali, Glacier and Yosemite. Each park gives one small detail and a delightful background illustration. This would be a great book for families planning a trip or trying to decide what National Park they might want to visit. It is definitely a jumping off point for further investigation on individual parks. The back of the book also lists all the parks and gives an important fact about it. This is both a fun and informational book.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Kate Puleo Unger.
1,103 reviews20 followers
October 3, 2016
This book came out just in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Parks System. It's a great read aloud for kids ages 3-5. It features a family looking for something fun to do. Each 2-page spread features a different National Park as well as a rhyming stanza highlighting a feature of the park. The message being that there are many parks and many things to discover.

The illustrations are really sweet. They depict a brother and sister exploring the parks with their parents. My favorite page was Zion National Park's "narrows" hike, which I did with my family when I was 16. I also loved the Denali National Park drawing. It looked just like some of the pictures I took when I was there in 2003 - although in cartoon form of course.

Any family that loves the outdoors or aspires to visit all of the parks will love this book.

Profile Image for Samantha Bilodeau.
474 reviews10 followers
September 17, 2016
When I saw this on NetGalley, I just had to request it, liking the cover and the title seemed like it would be cute. I am so glad that I did! This is a fun story about a family with a little girl and a little boy who go on adventures in various state parks. It's written in rhyme, and flows in a natural, but fun, way.

The illustrations are wonderful and a bit whimsical, with enough color and detail to keep the interest of even young children.

When I grabbed this, I hadn't realized that it was part of a series, but will be checking out the others as well! I love the message of the books that girls and boy can be whatever they desire to be.
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.

Profile Image for Jessa Rodrigues ☕ (decafJess).
552 reviews105 followers
November 11, 2016
This fast-paced and beautifully illustrated tale serves as a quick who's-who of American national parks. Each park gets a two page spread with a quick line about what you could experience there. The illustrations highlight the different kinds of beauty you can experience in the US, including lush forests, snow-topped mountains, cacti, and more. This is sure to inspire wanderlust in children and adults alike.

I would recommend this for one-on-one reading and for group read-alouds.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Read other reviews at decafJess.blogspot.com.
976 reviews
September 18, 2016
I received an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a fantastic book that explores some of our more famous national parks. The illustrations are great and the descriptions of the parks are really fun. My six-year old really enjoyed it. This book would make a wonderful gift to children to celebrate the centenary of the National Parks, although it is not specifically a centenary item.
For some reason the e-copy did not lay out very well on my Kindle iPad app. I would buy the print book; I think it would just be more magical.
Profile Image for Sandra Guerfi.
843 reviews20 followers
November 24, 2016
From the author who brought you Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots we have a new adventure where we find ourselves visiting the national parks of America. Being adventuresome is made better by having someone to share the wonderful discoveries that will be made. This is a good book for any families who plan on making such a trip themselves as it gives a good footing to start off with with your little explorers. If you liked the first book in this series than I would definitely recommend this one as well.
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1,303 reviews10 followers
December 6, 2016
The book wasn't a big hit for my son, and I can't quite articulate why I wasn't a fan either but it's possible it was just because of his age ( nearly three). I have recommended it to other moms of older kiddos though. It's a cute and fun book and if he were older I think he might have appreciated it more. I loved the little teddy bear and squirrels that make frequent appearances on the page, but I honestly didn't enjoy reading it very much. It felt super long and a drudgery to read every night. I was glad to see it get returned to the library.
Profile Image for Rowena.
87 reviews3 followers
April 14, 2017
What a fabulous book, my five-year-old and I had such a fun storytime! We just visited the endlessly glorious Glacier National Park last summer and loved "Going to the Sun" road. She was thrilled to read about it. I got nostalgic about Yosemite, which I last visited with her older siblings a decade ago! Can't wait to revisit some parks (Olympic National Park is a huge favorite) and embark on new adventures in others (here we come Acadia, Yellowstone and Denali!). Two thumbs way up :0)

(Note: I won this treasure in a Goodreads giveaway.)
Profile Image for Tara.
1,220 reviews
August 16, 2016
This is a picture book for kids about National Parks. With fun illustrations and rhyming words, the family takes you on an adventure through all of the National Parks. Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Acadia to name a few. This is both fun and informational and would be great to use for when taking kids to a national park. Could be a great gift just before a vacation.
Profile Image for Ryan.
4,403 reviews22 followers
August 25, 2016
I have loved this series since the first. I like the message to girls (and now to boys) that you can be a superhero or a princess and still do all the things you love to do. This book explores the National Parks. She they are chasing sunsets, and following lava flows. I really like the inclusion of something special at all the national parks, and the tidbits at the end. Good job once again.
Profile Image for Donna Maguire.
4,331 reviews102 followers
September 17, 2016
I enjoyed this book, the images are lovely and bright, the layout is great it keeps attention too. The whole concept is good overall and its been put together well. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - 4 stars from me
Profile Image for Susan.
960 reviews18 followers
June 20, 2017
I won this book through Goodreads. Loved this story and the illustrations were beautiful. A fun read for children of all ages
Profile Image for Cassandra L. Manna.
246 reviews3 followers
June 19, 2022
Cute family adventure story with rhyming, which will always catch a kid’s attention.

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Profile Image for Tweller83.
2,412 reviews8 followers
July 11, 2018
This is a cute picture book that has a map in the front showing the National Parks and includes many of those parks in the narative. The illustrations were fun and now I want to see Olympic, Great Smokey, Arcadia, and Glacier. I guess I didn't give it a 5 because I was hoping for a little more, even though it is a picture book. Still, very cute.

Around the Year in 52 books challenge: A book with a map - loved the map of the national parks in the front.
Profile Image for Jennifer.
3,513 reviews44 followers
May 11, 2021
Rhyming text describes VERY briefly what you can do in a bunch of different U.S. national Parks. The pictures were cute but really did NOT do the parks justice! I was actually really disappointed in that because the big draw to national parks is the scenery. This one is suitable for a group read aloud, but I'd have to think a lot harder about what subject it would fit.
6,930 reviews26 followers
May 14, 2019
Each page spread takes the family to a different National Park. Coyle shares something special about each. Brief informative text at the end of the book about each National Park visited.
Highly detailed illustrations bring the parks to life.
1,303 reviews2 followers
December 5, 2017
Do Princesses and Super Heroes Hit the Trails? is very cute with clever, catchy rhymes and engaging illustrations.
Profile Image for Marcie.
3,460 reviews
October 15, 2019
Maybe could pair with Evan Turks National Park book, but frankly it is so much better not sure I'd use this. Enpapers and back matter make me like this better than others in the series.
Profile Image for Len.
224 reviews28 followers
April 7, 2017
I received my copy via a Goodreads giveaway.

I really enjoyed this book, aimed at elementary school kids. The watercolor illustrations were both charming and appropriate to each Park. A good representative sample of National Parks is represented here, and (given that there's very little text here) each is well-characterized.

Good fun - recommended.

Profile Image for Sally Wilsey.
321 reviews3 followers
October 14, 2018
This is a book about a boy (superhero) and a girl (princess) who go on adventures with their family to National Parks. While there have short little adventures like wading with new water shoes in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a good fast read for children and illustrations are very well done and colorful. In the back it has a little bit about each of the National Parks mentioned in the book. I recommend this book to 3-7 yr olds.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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