High As A Hawk

High As A Hawk

Speaking of heroes, here is a young girl, age 10, who climbed Long's Peak out in Colorado about 100 years ago. It was a struggle, and it took determination and courage. Everyone goes on journeys in life, and it is a wonderful thing for young people to read about other young people, their own age, who have shown the wonderful qualities that come from deep inside and demonstrate the strength to keep going and to keep believing in themselves and their mission.

32 pages 978-0399237041 Ages 5-11

Keywords: determination, perseverance, inspiration, Read aloud to 8-12 year olds, mountain climbing quest, mountains, wilderness, courage, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, girls, mother/daughter, heroes

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


Eight-year-old Harriet is determined to climb to the top of Longs Peak in Colorado. To get there, she'll have to overcome steep slopes, a freezing blizzard, and what her wise trail guide calls "surprises." But she simply must try&150both for herself and for the mother she has lost. If she succeeds, she will spread her wings and fly . . . high as a hawk. Based on the historic 1905 ascent by the youngest person ever to climb Longs Peak, the highest mountain in Colorado, this book combines T. A. Barron's powerful, poetic writing with Ted Lewin's magnificent, evocative paintings. Together, they make a truly inspiring journey.

An author's note describes how the ascent encouraged guide Enos Mills to pursue his dream of creating the Rocky Mountain National Park.--from the publisher

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