Book Review of Get Outside
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The Children’s Book Rev
Written by Jessica Gold
Illustrated by Joutalumi Sketches
Ages 3+ | 26 Pages
Publisher: Jessica Gold | ISBN-13: 9780988148208
What to Expect: Alphabet, nature, outdoor activities
There is so much fun to be had when you put down your phones and screens and take the time to go outside! You could try climbing and skiing through mountain forests in the alps. Or you could try hiking on a trail or through the hills. You’ll enjoy fresh air, the smell of evergreen trees, and the peacefulness of a quiet night under the stars in a sleeping bag. You might even come to appreciate the insects that bite but also pollinate. Whether you get outside for just a few minutes or a whole adventure, there’s something for everyone in the great outdoors!
In this outdoor-activity-themed alphabet book, readers will walk their way through twenty-six tips for having fun in nature, from different places to visit (mountains, parks) to various activities to try (yoga, waterskiing, hiking). There are even tips on best practices, like leaving no trace, extinguishing your campfire, and packing plenty of snacks and water. The simple rhyming text makes each letter accessible to even beginning readers and simultaneously helps build literacy and outdoor-related knowledge. Bright, cartoon-style illustrations show children exploring and getting active, modeling for readers just how fun the outdoors can be.
Get Outdoors is more than just an alphabet book—it’s filled with excellent year-round inspiration for spending time in nature.
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About the Author
Jessica Gold is a true creative and nature lover at heart. In addition to writing her new children’s book, Get Outside, Jessica is a full-time practicing dentist, but her passions include all forms of art, including ceramics, sketching, and embroidery.
The inspiration for Get Outside came shortly after Jessica took her 3-month-old daughter on an extended trip to introduce her to hiking, the ocean, and the mountains. Seeing nature through her daughter’s eyes provided a new perspective on the world’s beauty. Envisioning a future filled with screens and technology made Jessica want to remind other families what’s truly important, and her book is a way for parents and their children to practice this together.
Jessica grew up ski-racing, hiking, and biking around the world with her family, practicing yoga, waterskiing, canoe tripping, and attending camp every summer. In this way, her parents first instilled her love for the outdoors by making sure her childhood was filled with adventure and nature exploration.
Jessica lives with her husband, Matt, and her daughter Maeve, along with their dog, Jones, in Toronto, Canada. When she isn’t writing books or practicing dentistry, Jessica’s spending time outdoors—spending days hiking through mountains, creating fresh ski tracks in the morning, and spending nights spent under the stars and in a tent. But her very favorite thing to do is to show her daughter the beauty of the world around her.
For more information, visit https://www.getoutside.today.
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