Join Clementine on a Desert Adventure in the Colorado Dobies!
Join Coover, Conrad and their mighty dog, Clementine, as they explore one of the most unique landscapes in southern Colorado—the Grand Mesa! Their grandma takes them to the Dobies, a series of steep hills made from adobe clay that formed as the nearby volcanoes, now extinct, eroded. At first, Coover feels a little sad and lonely, but as he is introduced to the rich wildlife –from woodpeckers to toads, cattails and sunflowers—he feels stronger and more confident. As both boys tramp through their imaginative journey, the vivid history and beautiful scenery awaken them to a new world full of possibility and friendship. By the end of the day, everyone is happily exhausted and ready for the next adventure!
“Barbara Torke’s ebullient paintings set a joyful mood as two adventurous boys and their valiant dog explore the ecology of the Colorado Dobies, an emotional landscape that at first seems barren and solitary, but, as the boys learn, is full of life. The story is about how imagination and companionship defeat loneliness, and the beautiful illustrations provide the rich texture of a vibrant journey of friends learning how to thrive.”
—Sarah Treschl, Kurt Johnson award winning writer
“A fun and insightful adventure with vivid visual descriptions and language that engages and challenges readers—both young and old. The paintings leap off the pages and into your imagination. A poetic and visual treat!”
— Marisa Donnelly, author of Somewhere On A Highway
“Hiking the Grand Mesa comes to life in every sentence--brilliant images, constant movement and supportive interactions as the characters explore nature, enjoy each other's friendship and build upon shared imaginations. What a wonderful reading experience! You can share the adventure with everyone in your family, young and old!”
—Steve Staley, professor, author and grandfather
Be sure to check out the first in the series -- Ice Breaking: The Adventures of Clementine the Rescue Dog