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The Case of the Story Rock

A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery

by (author) Eric Hogan & Tara Hungerford

Publisher
Firefly Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Category
General, Interactive Adventures, Imagination & Play
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780228101925
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $6.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780228101918
    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
    List Price
    $19.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2

Description

Scout and Daisy are on expedition in the desert and Scout has uncovered something incredible -- a rock has told him a story! But how can a rock tell a story? Join Scout as he helps Daisy find clues to solve the Case of the Story Rock.

Titles in The Gumboot Kids series:

INTRODUCING THE GUMBOOT KIDS

A celebration of nature, curiosity, discovery and mindfulness!

Adapted from the award-winning TV show The Gumboot Kids comes this outstanding new series of nature mystery books that celebrate the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world.

Perfect for inquisitive young minds, The Gumboot Kids' nature mysteries feature beloved characters, Scout and Daisy, working through a series of clues in order to crack the case. In each mystery Scout and Daisy affirm their findings with a trip to the library where they verify the evidence they've gathered in nature and solve the mystery before having a mindful moment to reflect on their journey.

With beautifully rendered and painstakingly detailed art, Scout and Daisy's adventures are also a visual feast that will have kids poring over the pages time and time again.

Each book concludes with two pages of field notes on the mystery subject, as well as a nature craft inspired by the mystery, for kids to try at home.

About the Show
Winner of numerous awards and an award finalist for the two most prestigious awards for kid's entertainment -- the Japan Prize (2018) and the Prix Jeunesse International (2018) -- The Gumboot Kids (120 episodes across three time formats) is seen widely across Canada, Australia, South Korea and the United States ... and its viewership is growing. The Gumboot Kids won a Parents' Choice Award, and the show is also approved by the Dove Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage and promote the creation, production, distribution and consumption of wholesome family entertainment.

"The Gumboot Kids is creating a 'new normal' for an entire generation. This pioneering series transports young children into the practice of mindfulness and the magic of nature. The values of gratitude, appreciation and respect will stay with young viewers throughout a lifetime, creating a world we all want to live in."
--Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founding Director, Global Media Center for Social Impact, UCLA

 

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford are a husband-and-wife team who run Imagine Create Media and are the creators of The Gumboot Kids. They live and create with their two children in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Editorial Reviews

A most charming and instructive collection of nature mystery books which encourages children to head outside and discover their natural world... Extensive educational curriculum guides have also been assembled to accompany each of the titles... Scout and Daisy act as motivating nature guides as they introduce readers to memorable learning encounters via conversations, questions and research. A meticulously created miniature community consisting of a village, forests, gardens, hills and valleys serve as a rich environment in which they explore... Outstanding new series.

Canadian Childrens Book News

(starred review) Adapted from the TV show The Gumboot Kids, this series of books celebrates the joy and wonder of mindfully exploring the natural world. While Scout and Daisy are exploring in the desert, Scout discovers a rock that tells a story! But how can a rock tell a story? Join Scout as he helps Daisy find clues to solve the mystery.

Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens 2020

A fun book about nature and being mindful of the environment.

Kids Bookshelf Blog

These books are beautiful, with full page artwork that captures the eye and attention... There is so much within the pages to inspire creativity and learning... Scout and the Gumboot Kids and the series, both on television and the books by Firefly Books are such a great resource for kids to learn, and entertaining and cute to boot!

Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs Blog

The stories feature two adorable mice... The amazing depictions are full of life-like detail.

City Parent Magazine

Nice, educational nature series for children.

Hamilton Spectator

With field notes, and crafts, these books are perfect for young outdoor enthusiasts.

Calgary Herald

The illustrations are full of details to be examined, and the posed rodent friends do have a real appearance of life to them... Instead of just passively providing youngsters with science facts, the books in "A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery" actively engage readers in their learning. Overall, this series is an excellent age-appropriate introduction to a number of science-related topics. Highly Recommended.

Canadian Review of Materials

I'm always advocating the importance of fostering a love of nature in the very young, so welcome this series which clearly aims to get young children outdoors and eager to discover more about the world around them; these stories are certainly engaging and contain just the right amount of information in the narrative to spark their curiosity.

Red Reading Hub

Winner, 2019 Best Canadian Picture Books

CBC Kids Books

A great series to help interest and educate young children in exploring the world around them.

School Library Journal

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