|Books for kids | Reviewed by Nada Kovalik
The Sierra Club Bookstore is the place to find quality book gifts, pre-selected
for their environmental slant.
“There’s a Hair in My Dirt: a Worm’s Story,”
by Gary Larson, creator of “The Far Side,” is just one of the great
children’s nature books available at the Sierra Club Bookstore in Carmel.
This cartoon book was a New York Times best-seller.
My favorite is “The Snail House,” by Lillian Ahlberg.
It is an enchanting tale of a boy and girl who magically dwindle to the size of
a friendly snail they visit. This book has appealingly old-fashioned illustrations
by Gillian Taylor.
Another charmer is “Two Bear Cubs,” a Miwok legend
about two Yosemite cubs stuck atop a towering cliff. It is retold by Robert D.
San Souci and illustrated by his brother Daniel San Souci. It is suitable to read
Is there a young rebel in your family who shuns reading for more active play?
You might awake reading interest with “Gross But True Creatures,”
which describes “disgusting habits” (the author’s words, not
mine) of certain animals and insects. The book by Luann Columbi comes with a plastic
slug that will cling to walls!
For more serious nature study, look at the “Guide to Birds, Nests,
and Eggs,” a take-along guide by Mel Boring, brightly illustrated
by Linda Garrow.
The Sierra Club bookstore is located on Ocean Avenue, upstairs mid-block between
San Carlos and Dolores Avenues in Carmel. It’s staffed by welcoming volunteers
from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
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