From the Set The Great Outdoors
Explore fishing, an exciting outdoor activity, including fishing gear, where to fish, and how to stay safe.
A noteworthy review of The Great Outdoors from School Library Journal on November 1, 2014
These appealing books feature an uncluttered design, which highlights the short, easy-to-read text. Words with definitions are set apart by different-colored font; color photos often supplement descriptions of equipment or animals. In Canoeing, a sidebar notes that many animals live in, near, or around water, such as trout, turtles, and geese. A history of each sport is provided, and there’s an emphasis on safety through planning and proper equipment. For instance, campers are advised to avoid ticks by wearing bug spray and long pants and thick socks. As they enumerate each sport’s appeal, these books also stress inclusiveness (‘Athletic or not, anyone can hike. There are even trails people in wheelchairs can use.’). Attractive, useful additions.
A noteworthy review of The Great Outdoors from Booklist on November 1, 2014
The Great Outdoors series does a solid job of introducing and explaining various outdoor activities, including the equipment required for a satisfying experience. Each activity gets the most positive spin; if there are controversies around a particular sport, like hunting, they are not mentioned. Fishing discusses not only the various types of fishing and where they take place but also goes into detail about poles, lures, and competitive fishing. Hiking explains the value of nature walks as well as some of the dangers one might encounter. Particularly helpful is the information on how shoes and socks can affect the hiking experience. Hunting is shown as an exciting sport that gets enthusiasts closer to nature. Various types of guns and bows and arrows are introduced. There is one odd statement: ‘In South Africa, people hunt elephants, lions, and giraffes.’ It’s unclear whether the author means the country or southern Africa; also the legality of shooting big game varies from place to place. Kayaking goes into detail about the vessel itself, the various watery venues for kayaking, and ways to enhance the experience. All the books feature clean designs with plenty of photographs. Safety is emphasized in each upbeat volume.