Written by Karl Steam and Illustrated by Joshua Lagman
Karl Steam has written a third installment of his Kids vs. Nature series titled ‘Surviving Horse Island’. This installment of Josh and his new friends and classmates along with the ‘app’ has more surprises for this unlikely group of friends. The story starts with one of the characters deciding on how to answer a question the teacher asks and the ‘app’ seems to whisk all of them to another unknown destination and none of them were even using their phone. This is a story of learning and understanding nature, science, and living in more ways than one. A quest for survival in many ways.
At the end of this installment of the Kids vs. Nature series, there are questions and answers on how to survive if ever stranded on a deserted island. Questions ranged from drinking ocean water to how to collect water. There were also questions on wild horses or feral horses. This is a great book for several mini-lessons from Across the Curriculum. One lesson is all about how these horses first arrived on this island. The cover design by Josh Lagman does it again by showing how cartoon characters fit in with realistic surroundings to solve missions and still not give away the story. The individual pictures throughout the book will make the readers want to go to this island and live the adventures.
Karl Steam loves to blend the elements of science, nature, and make-believe. His stories are fast-paced and enjoyed by children around the world. The Kids vs. Nature series was inspired by his fascination with wilderness survival stories as a child. The danger in Quicksand Swamp, Hatchet, and My Side of the Mountain were among his favorites.
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