Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Book Review: The Adventures of Bubba Jones

By Jeff Alt
This is a cute tale. I offered it to my 8-year-old granddaughter, but she really wasn't interested. I tried twice. She'd been to the Adirondacks, but it might have been the cover. It's hard to say!

We'd visited the US, in the fall, the Tupper Lake trip. The scenery is amazing!

I began reading it, and it is an good, educational tale. It has some mystery and magic, which she likes, but still no sale.

It is a cleaver weaving of information: history, science, geography, mystery and time travel. Shenandoah National Park has several important geological features, such as the Talus mountain slopes, whereby rock erodes and piles at at the bottom of a gully.
Public Domain

Kids can learn about dinosaurs who roamed the area, or U.S. Presidents who visited the site. Also, Alt weaves into his time travel stories of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), created by Franklin D.  Roosevelt, who wanted to give employment to unemployed young men during The Great Depression. It operated from 1933 to 1942.

The CCC built visitor facilities throughout the park.Sadly, the park (established in December, 1935), was initially racially segregated.  The park was completed by the beginning of WW II and the mountains were allowed to be natural. There were 450 mountain residents on Blue Ridge Mountains, who were relocated in order to create the park.

The official website of The Adventures of Bubba Jones book series.

Tupper Lake Eagle's Nest view



Red said...

Well, I guess you'll have to use a different marketing strategy to get the grand daughter to read the book. There are some pretty net kids books that come out these days.

William Kendall said...

I guess it depends on the child reader. Beautiful shots.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I could just about guarantee that if there were girls on the cover of that book, your granddaughter would read it! She's at the age where it's important to establish who she is -- and that does not include liking boys (yet) ;>). My great-grandson would probably enjoy this one.