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Hike

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,025 ratings  ·  258 reviews
Take to the trails for a celebration of nature -- and a day spent with dad.

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel al
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Candlewick Press
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Bluepersuasion It is an almost wordless picture book. Great for enjoyment reading for younger readers. Great for inference, predicting, and comprehension for older r…moreIt is an almost wordless picture book. Great for enjoyment reading for younger readers. Great for inference, predicting, and comprehension for older readers. Also good for building background knowledge for readers unfamiliar with hiking in woods and mountain areas.(less)

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Mary Lee
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A father (no mother visible in the illustrations) takes his child (not gender-specific) on a hike in the mountains.

This is one to look at again and again to find all the little details. This would be a good one to explore how the illustrator created mood/tension in different ways, including how the POV of the illustrations changes to create mood/tension.

Pair this with Nikki Grimes' Southwest Sunrise.
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Emily Duchon
Being an outdoor lover, I just adore that the family depicted isn’t white. The whiteness of the outdoor culture is very irksome to me. Gorgeous illustrations, charming depictions, a sentimental story between father and son. It checks all the boxes. This is wordless and that will bother some. I loved it.
DaNae
Snapshots of a most perfect day. Took me to places and times my heart remembers.
Jessica Haider
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A wordless picture book of a father and their child spending the day together on a hike. Great illustrations!
Abby Johnson
This is such a beautiful book! This wordless tale shows a father and son going on an all-day hike together to plant a tree on a mountain. It celebrates the beauty of nature and the importance of getting out in it. Any families that love to get out together and hike absolutely need this book!
Shaye Miller
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This nearly wordless picture book is just adorable! It’s the story of a father and child who wake up at their home and head out to nature for a hike in the woods. Along the way they climb, have a snowball fight, plant a tree, and take many photographs. They eventually return home for milk and cookies. The very back page shows the photo album has photos from four different generations going on a similar hike. Absolutely LOVELY book to share with young readers! The illustrations were created digit ...more
Stephanie Dale
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This what I would call a "quiet" wordless book. I am not much of an outdoorsy person by nature (haha, get it?) but the story is so beautiful and sweet, it makes me want to take my kids on a hike!! ...more
Richie Partington
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Richie’s Picks: HIKE by Pete Oswald, Candlewick, March 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0157-4

“We must begin thinking like a river if we are to leave a legacy of beauty and life for future generations.”
-- David Brower, founder of Friends of the Earth

“I love to go a-wandering
Along the mountain track
And as I go, I love to sing
My knapsack on my back
Val-deri, val-dera
Val-dera, val-der-
ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
Val-deri, val-dera
My knapsack on my back”
-- English lyrics by Antonia Ridge (1955)

I love to don my h
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Shannon
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
A (largely) wordless picture book about a single parent taking their kid hiking and engaging in different outdoors activities along the way.

This would be a great choice for a lesson about observation and prediction. Could be paired well with other environmentally themed stories (both fiction and nonfiction) and/or an experienced based lesson that involves hiking and other outdoor activities.

Love the supportive nature of the parent toward the kid and the representation of characters of color enj
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Riana (RianaInTheStacks)
Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute picture book with no words about a dad and son getting up early and going on a hike together. They do lots of adventuring on their hike and at the end, before turning back around, they plant a tree together. Great book for exploring the value in nature and in spending time with loved ones, making memories.
Jesse
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love books that come full circle and Hike certainly does that!
Janet
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This wordless picture book adventure of a father and child (gender open; could easily be read as a boy or girl or nonconforming) is just marvelous and smile-making, and just reading it probably produces many of the same health benefits of going on a hike yourself. There is so much to like about this charming book, but the final page turn - to the copyright page - may be the best because it gives you a look at the family photo album, which opens up so many more stories!
Caroline
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
All the heart eyes for this wordless picture book about a child and their father venturing into nature to take part in a special family tradition. In honor of Earth Day, do yourself a favor and find this beautiful book to celebrate the quiet joys of time in the woods. Full spread illustrations are drop-jaw gorgeous in this new stunner.
Katie Fitzgerald
Though lacking in a significant plot, this beautifully illustrated wordless father-son story celebrates the joy of hiking and enjoying the great outdoors, a perfect topic for a summer when many other activities are still banned.
Krista
Wonderful wordless picture book in which a child and their grownup go on a hiking trip to plant a tree atop a mountain, carrying on a family tradition. Love the illustrations.
A
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Enjoyed my 4 year old telling me the story highlighted in the pictures. Great wordless story with gender neutral main character.
MeganRuth - Alohamora Open a Book
A gorgeous wordless picture book for the hiker. Such a sweet story of father and child.
Alex  Baugh
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this lavishly illustrated wordless picture book, a father and his child (could be a girl, could be a boy) get up early one morning, climb into their car, head out of the city where they live and head for a a day of hiking through a nearby forest. The forest is a busy place, filled with creatures and critters, birds and insects. The child has come prepared, bringing along a compass, binoculars, a magnifying glass, a camera, and book for identifying tracks, some trail mix, and even helmets for ...more
J.L. Slipak
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Take to the trails for a celebration of nature — and a day spent with dad.

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they’re going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive — and closer than ever — as they document their hike and take their place in family history. In detail-rich panels and tex
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Linda
I can't go hiking in our Rocky Mountains now because the slopes are still snow-covered. But, Pete Oswald takes us all along with this father and son on this special hike, up early and driving, big excitement to get there, and finally, they begin. Pete delights with so many details in the colorful illustrations of his wordless tale. There is a backpack that one must click straps tight in the front, binoculars that let one see deer on a faraway slope, an animal track ID book, and one should never ...more
Heidi
This beautifully illustrated wordless picture book highlights the joy that can be found in spending time with family and nature. A father wakes his son one morning and they pack up and head out of the city for the day. As they make their way up the trail, they stop to enjoy the beauty around them including the wildlife and the snow. The father helps his son cross a log bridge and admire a waterfall, they stop to have a snack, and climb a boulder. Ultimately, at the end of the trail, they plant a ...more
Rod Brown
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
A wordless story (excepting onomatopoeia) about a father and a son taking an uneventful hike in nature, though small print at the end tells me it may have involved an illegal act. It was pretty dull until I started to include swear words in my narration of events. So I suppose it could be as much fun as you want to make it.
Phoebe
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Wordless, calm, Dad-kid mini adventure and appreciation of the natural world. I spent most of the book wondering about the race and ethnicity of the characters and whether I was supposed to take something from that related to hiking and being outdoors in the US. I'm assuming this is not something the intended audience of 3-5 year olds is gonna wonder about? ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nature, picture-book
A boy and his dad spend the day together on a hike, following a map, snapping photos, discovering animals, crossing a log bridge, climbing a mountain, and, finally, finishing with the goal of the hike.

A lovely wordless picture book.
Gabrielle Stoller
A wordless picture book tribute to a father and son and the great outdoors! Truly....it's great. It made me want to get out and explore the world around me. It made me think of hiking trips from this summer <3 ...more
Lindsey
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wordless and beautiful
Adele
Jul 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Pretty pictures and yet somehow both boring and irritating.
KDV
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfection.
Theresa Grissom
Perfection! I absolutely adored this wordless picture book! Wonderful story, great illustrations. One of my favs of the year.
Kris Patrick
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
So sweet!
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Pete Oswald is the illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, both written by Jory John. He worked as a character designer and concept artist on the popular films Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, and ParaNorman. He was also the art director and production designer for The Angry Birds Movie. Pete Oswald lives in Sa ...more

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