We took our granddaughter to her first literary reading on Monday. However, our adventure began with dinner. It had been a long time since we took her for Thai. She barely remembered—maybe she did not remember at all. She chose yakisoba from the menu because she knew the word from a report she did on Japan. She was efficient with chopsticks, eating all the tofu, the broccoli, and most of the noodles.
From there, we headed for the Powell’s Book Store on Hawthorne.
A Girl’s Guide to the Wild: Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor Explorer!
Ruby McConnell’s A Girl’s Guide to the Wild: Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor Explorer! (Little Bigfoot) is the definitive guide to getting outside – for girls ages 9-12! In addition to basic outdoor skills, McConnell’s entertaining guidebook includes easy camping recipes, outdoor projects including science experiments and crafts, fun activity suggestions, and inspiring stories of diverse historical and contemporary outdoorswomen. The goal is to improve the quality of girls’ outdoor time by increasing participation and independence, making them feel comfortable and safe, and giving them essential skills and knowledge. Charming and approachable, A Girl’s Guide to the Wild will encourage both reluctant campers and budding naturalists to go wild and embrace the outdoors.
I admit that one of the reasons this reading had caught my eye was the author’s first name. This Ruby was a wonderful presenter with obvious experience as a presenter to middle school and other audiences. She had herself been a camp counselor with a summer camp name and I recognized the songs she sang from my sons’ time at camp. I recognized her energy and enthusiasm for family camping trips, the sincerity of her promotion of the outdoors. I have lived with that.
Ruby McConnell wants girls to overcome fear, find their courage and their community. She said it again and again, that bravery. She was also very funny and our Ruby giggled and laughed and people smiled to hear it. The Rubys got on well, and our Ruby was assured that people with her name were special, but she would not stand for a photo with the author, much as she enjoyed the evening. When she got home she read several pages to her dad. Her other grandmother sent the photo, taken while Ruby was having too much fun to notice. In her right hand might be the little bookmark made by our neighbor Tammy.