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The Hike

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  76 reviews
This book tells the story of three girls' friendshipand 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
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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.
Zoey Wagner
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.
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 - cant 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 Wrens Sketchbook. Makes you want to hit the trail and find all these amazing plants and animals yourself or with some friends. ...more
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.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply charming.
I throughly enjoyed this detailed story of three friends and a dog who documented their hike.
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
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.
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.
Janet (mommy.the.reader)
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. ☺
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.
Jared White
I would have loved this book as a child! Okay, I still love it. I love the simple story of just going on a hike, I love that so many plants and animals are labeled as they go, and I love that each of them each have something special to do once they reach the summit (that still is environmentally friendly).

One of the girls releases feathers to the wind, which she gathered from places nearby. What a fun way to release something that is natural to the environment anyway (unlike balloons). Just
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 ...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.
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 offereverything 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
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,
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Three girls head out on a hike together. Its 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. Thats where they let the feathers go on the wind. ...more
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 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
Laurie Hnatiuk
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...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
Tina Hoggatt
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this robust story of three friends and their dog on a hike up a mountain. This book earns its nonfiction check from me for the wealth of observations from the natural world, flora and fauna encountered along the way and recorded in one of the hiker's notebooks. The characters are all distinct, their hike adventurous but never scary, and the independence of these three girls in nature is a lovely model. The author's illustrations charm and are just right. One for all the nature loving ...more
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of course I loved it. It's a book about girls exploring out in the woods--my great weakness. Although with the way our Utah mountains are, it would not be a good idea to hike all the way up to the summit as a group of kids like they do in the book. But I love the lush, naturey illustrations, how many birds and plants are introduced, and how it's an overall celebration of time outdoors. And the constellations at the end were a nice touch.
I really liked this book and the simple illustrations. As a person who is not a big fan of nature or the outdoors this book really brought back a lot of childhood memories for me. I remember being a kid and going to the woods and the creek and collecting leaves, sticks, frogs and crawdads. I learned a lot too. Wren's notebook entries were awesome. I learned a lot about trees, invasive plants, mollusk, snails, bees, berries and a few other things.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-picture-book
As a lover of the outdoors and fan of taking hikes I really liked this. Simple story with girls and delightful illustration though it doesnt exactly teach safe practice of at least telling someone youre going out in nature. Acts as a simple nature book identifying trees birds and critters and is local to Pacific Northwest region and thus especially familiar to me at the moment. I would definitely share this with my kids, that is if I had any. ...more
Great Books
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 20-ages-3-5
Three friends and a dog take a hike through the woods while taking turns drawing what they see in a sketchbook. Cheerful gouache, ink and pencil illustrations include labels detailing plants, animals and objects of interest. The text is minimal, yet packs in plenty of information peppered with humor. This book invites browsing, encourages observation and sparks curiosity about the natural world. Reviewer 4
Angie Quantrell
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful, with lots to read, look at, decipher, and explore. My only concern was that these three appeared to be underage and went mountain climbing on their own! :) I know. Maybe just tag along when your group goes. I do love how they did all the planning, packing, exploring, and problem solving along the way.
Lauren- The Smile Lines
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
@chroniclebooks #partner
The Hike is a beautiful book about going on a hike and enjoying nature! It is beautiful with its language and illustrations! After reading this, my children started their own sketch books for outdoor findings. We enjoyed going back and looking at each detail in the illustrations. There are little words and sketches that you could keep finding each time you read!
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