Thursday, August 15, 2013
Book Review - Channing O'Banning and the Rainforest Rescue
About the Book
Armed with a pencil in her ponytail, a pot-bellied pig, and a pocketful of gummy turtles, there’s nothing that fourth-grade artist Channing O'Banning can’t do. When Channing discovers that her best friend has gone crazy over the new boy at school, she fears that she's lost her best friend forever. Drawing her frustrations out in her secret sketchbook, Channing is determined to make Marco, “the best friend thief,” her worst enemy. But when they both wind up in the rainforest of Costa Rica, Channing soon discovers that Marco may be her only hope for survival. From zip-lining through the jungle and daydreaming of monster frogs to finding out what it means to “go green,” Channing not only discovers the wonders of the rainforest but learns a little about herself and the value of trusting others. With art education often being taken out of the classroom, parents and teachers—as well as readers who like to draw their way through one adventure after the other—will be excited that Channing O'Banning has come to the rescue.
About the Author
Inspired by her own daughter who is an accomplished teen artist, the series is sought after by teachers and parents, and anticipated by curious young artists who have been searching for a character like Channing O’Banning. Spady has two graduate degrees in Educational Leadership, certified in Gifted Education and is the founder of the Art and Cultural Enrichment program (ACE) at the June Buchanan School.
Currently an Arts and Humanities instructor at the June Buchanan School, as well as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors at the Artisan Center of Kentucky, Spady has been featured on/in KY Teacher Magazine, WYMT-TV, and PBS. She enjoys traveling around the world with her family and currently splits her time between Southern Kentucky and Taos, NM.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book that not only entertains through its great characters and action packed plot, but also educates the reader on so many topics! The author has a way of getting her point across through humor and downright inquisitiveness. For my daughters and I though we loved Channing. She was a great character and reminders me a lot of my eldest daughter, especially in the way that she looks at the world and the way that she thinks. As a parent I have to say that I also loved the fact that the books sparks conversations outside of the context of the book as well. This is a book that my daughters and I could not put down and we now have placed the other book in the series on hold at our local library and are looking forward to additional books coming out in the future!
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