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The Hike

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  111 reviews
This book tells the story of three girls' friendship—and their tribulations and triumphs in the great outdoors. Here is the best and worst of any hike: from picnics to puffing and panting, deer-sighting to detours. Featuring a glossary, a sketchbook by one of the characters, abundant labels throughout, and scientific backmatter. ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Chronicle Books (first published 2019)
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Zoey Abbott
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This delightful book is epic yet tender, poetic yet scientific, magical yet placed in the solid beauty of the real natural world. Brava! I fell in love with these characters, the way they move through the story, the internal compasses they follow, the choices they make, the friendship they enjoy. I will buy this book for every kid I know and love.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 2 year old loves this book. She requests it daily. Last weekend we took a hike as a family and she loved spotting some of the same things in the book like snowberries, chipmunks, banana slugs, etc. The illustrations are excellent. I feel like we discover new things every time we read it.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have we been reading it every day since getting it? Yes.
Have we been reading it multiple times a day? Yes.
Are any of us tired of it? No.

The story is short and simple, but paired with the lively pictures (with names of the plants and animals) it's just fun to read.

It took a couple read-throughs before the kids noticed that there was a chipmunk hidden in every picture, and that adds another layer of interest to the book.

The back matter that includes example pages of what nature journaling can look
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great illustrations
Amy Layton
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a book with no parents!  There's nobody telling them to be safe, nobody that they return to, nobody worrying about them at home.  The Hike is an attestation to kids' independence.  And rightfully so!  These kids go out and about and take note of all the flora and fauna, get lost and get found again, and find excitement as they reach the summit.  With beautiful green illustrations and a labels detailing what certain animals and plants are, this makes for a fantastic blend of fiction and ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb
Wonderful book that works on multiple levels - can’t help but get swept along with these young explorers, share in their joy and wonder. Beautiful art with well placed labels draws readers in and identifies what is discovered and enjoyed on this hike. Back matter includes More Notes From Wren’s Sketchbook. Makes you want to hit the trail and find all these amazing plants and animals yourself or with some friends.
I throughly enjoyed this detailed story of three friends and a dog who documented their hike.
Alice Ball
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hope a whole troop of young people find inspiration from this book to head to the woods and explore! A great intertwining of the arts and the sciences.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a children's book that reads at many levels. As a picture book to read aloud to children, the story is fun, with pleasant illustrations featuring multi-cultural characters enjoying the wilderness. It also works as an introduction to graphic novels/comics, with much of the text in bubbles. But my favorite way to read this book is to explore the illustrations for tiny animals, insects, birds, trees and plants, all named in small adjacent print. There are many items to find on each spread, ...more
Set within the Pacific Northwest of America, The Hike introduces us to a trio of girls and their dog as they partake in their favourite pastime: walking forest paths and exploring the local wildlife. The three girls, at ease in their environment, take with them their sketch-pads, binoculars and map. They are inquisitive, asking questions about tracks and leaves and they’re careful to observe alone rather than pick up and touch.
Throughout the pages, Farrell herself gently intrudes by labeling an
This one was chock-full of nature study for young ones, told in a sweet narrative about friends taking a hike through the woods. They stumble upon amazing specimens of nature, living creatures, and are clever to identify them in their nature journals. I am always thrilled by books of this kind because they go above and beyond what typical authors believe children are interested in.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A darling picture book about the adventures found in nature when you go hiking. There are so many animals and plants labeled in the book that you can read it over and over again and discover something new each time.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: npl
This is such a lovingly illustrated picture book. It might be hard to read to really little kids because of all the plant and animal names, etc., that are on the page, but I could see it inspiring an elementary school student to become passionate about and investigate nature.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddo
We adore this book. 💚💚💚💚💚
Just like hiking a real trail with kiddos, this book doesn't move along swiftly from beginning to end. Plan to slow down and really explore the pages. There are plenty of plants, and critters, and other fun discoveries, all illustrated and labeled with cheerful charm. A great way to prepare your children for a walk through the woods. (And yourself - I finally learned proper names for many native plants.) Perfect for the PNW. My 4 year old loves it. ☺
Villain E
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Three girls go on a hike. A celebration of nature. I kept wondering where their parents were.
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to find a flaw in this one. Super cute and chockablock full of fun info. ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed this picture book. The end paper perfectly fit the book and wasn't just a generic solid color for once, the illustrations were beautiful, plenty of opportunity for dialogic reading with kids. I don't think it would be a particularly good Storytime book but great in a smaller setting with just a handful to really let the kids ask questions about all the different animals and plants that are shown. The plot is cute with three friends going on a hike in the forest and getting turne ...more
Connie T.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Three young female explorers (sisters?) set out for a day hike in the mountains. Here and there we catch glimpses into Wren's sketchbook but really, the whole story is like a field guide in that most of the items (animals, plants, spider webs, etc) that the girls encounter are labeled for the reader. These details, combined with speech bubbles, text and beautiful artwork invite the reader to join Wren, El, and Hattie on their adventure. ...more
Merri Jordan
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Love the illustrations, a very engaging style of picture book.
Tonja Drecker
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The love of nature and wondrous adventure of hiking blossoms on every page, and wakes the desire to head out doors.

The joy of hiking breaks free with a sense of fun, friendship, exploration and adventure. Three girls and their dog head out into the great outdoors and see what nature has to offer—everything from plants to insects to features and wildlife. Each page offers a vibrant scene, packed full of life. There's a short phrase, which adds to the atmosphere, but it's the illustrations which k
Helen Ishmurzin
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three girls, Wren, El and Hattie set off with their dog Bean. Wren takes her sketchbook to make notes and drawings of her various observations. After a while, they stop to pick berries and El teaches them how to weave baskets. Little Hattie carries with her a hankie full of feathers (the reason becomes clear towards the end).

On the way, they all have a go at reading the map (a good old-fashioned paper one, with not a digital device in sight!). They trek through a forest and up a mountain, examin
This one is a 3.5 for me. I liked how three girls head off on a hike by themselves with no adults in the picture. It was refreshing to see youngsters enjoying the great outdoors and appreciating the natural wonders that surround them. But the three friends--Wren, El, and Hattie--are all different and enjoy different parts of the hike. Wren, for instance, sketches whatever she sees in the woods while Hattie is on a mission to gather as many bird feathers as she possibly can, and El writes poetry. ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Three girls head out on a hike together. It’s their favorite thing to do. They bring along a notebook, a flag and some feathers. At the beginning, they run as fast as they can, stopping only to eat some thimbleberries. They make leaf baskets to try to bring some berries along with them, but end up eating too much. They get lost, pull out maps and find their way again. They get tired, get carried, and eventually make it all the way to the peak. That’s where they let the feathers go on the wind. T ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great early STEM book! Three (diverse!) little girls all head out for a nature hike through the woods and up the mountain. There are birds and animals to see, sounds to hear, plants and natural features to pass on the trail... It's a wonderful introduction to the natural world. Plus, it's all about the little girls - no adults, no classroom setting, just three little girls out on a hike.

Can definitely see pulling this one out for a STEM storytime, or just a STEM program in general. Would be gr
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents who want to promote a love of nature in their children
Recommended to Relyn by: sent to me by the publisher
If you are the parent of young children and you are reading books like The Nature Fix and wanting your child to connect to the natural world, this book is for you. I recommend sitting down with your kids piled on your lap and opening this book. Your children can hike along with Wren, Eli, Hattie, and Bean. Then you can take them on their own exploring adventure. Be sure to read this one more than once because they will learn something every time they read it. Look close at the pictures and you'l ...more
Stephanie Bange
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story combines friendship with outdoor hiking.

Wren, El, and Hattie are going on a hike today. They head through the woods, munching on thimbleberries on the way, noticing the flora and fauna along the way, to the top of the mountain, when they head back home.

A very satisfying story told with minimal text, dialogue is in bubbles, animals and plants that can be seen on each page are identified. Farrell's illustrations in gouache, ink , and pencil show three diverse girls - one Black, one Asia
Stacy M. Patton
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is the perfect book for the mother who wants to inspire her young child/children to be lifelong learners. This book takes three girls on a hike through a marvelous trail with lots of beautiful nature to look at (and eat!). One girl loves to sketch what she sees on this nature hike. I used to take my older kids on hikes and encourage them to sketch what they saw as well. I read this book to my six year old son and hopefully it will instill wonder and inspire him to do the ...more
The illustrations of this book (rendered in gouache ink, and pencil) are really something. It's the story of three girls who go on a hike. There is really only a sentence per page with lots of dialogue (which sometimes can be tricky with a read aloud to a group, for me anyway). The great thing about the illustrations is parts of the drawings are labeled - animals and birds, plants, little objects, nests, action sounds like "tap tap tap tap tap" of the woodpecker. During the hike, we get flat lay ...more
Laurie Hnatiuk
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enf, picture, 2019
Oh my how I enjoyed reading this book by @alisondraws. A perfect blend of nature, science and the arts. Three friends venture off on a hike encountering various struggles and joys. What sets this book apart from others is the labels throughout the book of all the things the friends can see and enjoy. Each have a sketchbook and add their own ideas and at the end is a glossary and also additional information about various topics such as invasive species. This is a must add for libraries and classr ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Hike (Chronicle Books, October 8, 2019) written and illustrated by Alison Farrell
Hello Small Empire---an amazing chat with Alison Farrell including process thinking and art for this title

Three young girls set off for a day in the nearby woods, climbing to the top of a mountain and back down again. Along the way they and readers see a multitude of flora and fauna appropriately labeled as if written in a journal. And at the end we are given a peak in eight journal pages kept by Wren. In a word
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