Review: Take A Hike! A Donkey-Donk Story

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I get review requests for books and products regularly, but only a handful of emails catch my attention. This book is one of them! I am so excited to share it with you guys.

Take A Hike! is a children’s book, and a miniature donkey named Donkey-Donk is the main character. This book is the newest in the best-selling Donkey-Donk series. It’s a 36-page, softcover book with just under 300 words.

First Impression

The Donkey-Donk series tells her stories via photographs of Donk. Stories told via photos is what I do! I already liked the format even before I received the book. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.

The first time I saw the book, I was impressed with the cover photo of adorable Donk posing with Mount Washington in the backdrop and the quality of the publication. The glossy papers are perfect for the high-quality, vivid full-color 23 photos to captivate readers’ attention and prevent potential damages from the sticky fingers holding the book.

Review

What I like most about the Take A Hike! book (after the photos of Donk, of course) is that this story encourages young children to get off the couch and “take a hike” by showing them all the fun things Donk does and discovers.

I love the message very much because it saddens me to see that childhood obesity is a serious problem in the United States when it’s preventable. I also love the photos of Donk in action and her expressive nature. In the story, Donk hikes to the top of Mount Washington.

I am not sure if all donkeys are expressive like Donkey-Donk, but oh my gosh, her expressions are priceless! They made me laugh out loud at times, and Xena looked at me curiously. So, of course, I explained to her, but I don’t think she fully understood.

Also, I like that the story shares more about hiking than teaching just going to a mountain is hiking. It presents different types of terrain and things you might find in nature wonderfully in simple terms for young children. Even though I am much older than the intended age group, I enjoyed the book very much. Now I am wondering whom I can get these books as gifts.

Here are some facts about the book:

  • Author: Ellen F. Feld, two-time Children’s Choices Author
  • Ages:  4 and up
  • Paperback
  • Retail Price:  $9.95 (available on Amazon)

Side Note

According to CDC, for children and adolescents aged 2-19 years:

  • The prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents.
  • Obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among 12- to 19-year-olds.

Did you know once a child becomes obese, they are at great risk of being obese for life? It’s best to prevent it or get involved before it’s too late.

Hiking with Kids

In the spirit of introducing the great outdoors to our kids, click here for the kid-friendly hikes from our blog.

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