Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is important that kids (and adults) can build a basic shelter – you never know what may happen in life!
Survive Alive: Making Shelter
By Neil Champion
32 pages – ages 8+
Published by Amicus (2011)
Theme/Topic- Survival / Climates
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Imagine being stranded high on a mountain as night falls. The light is fading so quickly that you can’t walk any further. It’s getting colder too.“
Synopsis: From the Publisher- Could you survive if you were stranded in the wilderness? Whether you are camping in a state park or truly roughing it, Survive Alive has practical, hands-on information that teaches outdoor survival skills with safety in mind. Illustrated step-by-step techniques will prepare readers for outdoor adventures, while true survival stories give them a word of caution.
What I Thought- I’ve been on a non-fiction quest lately. This is one I saw in the publisher’s catalog and asked for. I think it is a great book because what kid hasn’t made a fort of some kind. This is a really cool book on making various types of shelters in various climates and/or situations. It isn’t a traditional picture book (there are many words and it is meant for older kids), but I wanted to include it on the list because I think a lot of kids will like it. I think even younger kids will enjoy looking at the pictures and diagrams. Plus the format makes it more interesting to reluctant readers. There are true survival stories in little boxes, along with Did You Know? boxes scattered throughout the book. There are color pictures and diagrams on how to build the shelters. I really enjoyed this book, and think that families should read this book, as it will give them a primer if something goes wrong while traveling or camping.
If you like this book and topic, Amicus has a whole Survive Alive series. I think I will check more of them out.
Activities and Resources- The Today’s Parent website has a list of 9 indoor forts you can build – click HERE.
The Kids Activities Blog has a great list of reasons why building forts is good for kids – click HERE.
Check out This Old House for instructions to build your own outdoor fort that isn’t super complicated. Click HERE.
You can also give your kids some materials – cardboard boxes, duct tape, rope, blanket and tell them to make a fort. See what they come up with!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!