Saturday, June 18, 2016

Review: The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog in the Mountains by Dagny McKinley

by Dagny McKinley
Picture Book
ages 3+ 

The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog: in the mountains explores the bond between the girl an her dog as they celebrate the natural world around them. 

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Very few relationships are as special as the one between a child and their best friend; in this case, a dog.

This sweet picture book centers around a girl and her dog, who understand each other without a second thought, and is one of several in a series. Nature is key in this book as the girl and her dog dwell in happiness in the mountains. With light-heartedness, the different aspects of being in the mountains is shown--animals, rivers and simply a celebration of abounding life itself. Several pages are also devoted to the very contrasting 'city' life, where nature isn't as plentiful.

The illustrations are made with much love and depict the accompany text nicely. The text itself is easy to understand and fits the intended age group. It's not as smooth as it could be, but kids won't mind and will be caught up in the wonderful feeling that the girl, her dog and nature bring across.

Summed up, this is a nice read for kids and does a good job bringing over not only the caring relationship between a child and its pet, but also a respect for the wonderful life nature has to offer.

The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog from Dagny McKinley on Vimeo.

And here she is. . .

Dagny McKinley has an MFA from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poets and Writers and a BA in English from the University of Western Ontario. She studied journalism and writing at UCLA.

She currently works as a freelance writer in Steamboat Springs, CO. As a journalist, McKinley has been published in Modern Dog, Ocean Magazine, Steamboat Pilot & Today, The Denver Post & the Aspen Times. She has also been a contributor to Mountain House & Home, Steamboat Magazine, Homelink and DCD Home.

McKinley’s books include The Springs of Steamboat, Wild Hearts: Dog Sledding the Rockies a coffee table book of photography and text based on her experiences working for a dog sledding company, Lessons My Mother Taught Me: the good, the bad and the questionable and The Adventures of a Girl & Her Dog Series.

McKinley lives in Steamboat Springs with her dog where they explore as far as their feet can carry them.

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