The Case of the Wooden Timekeeper, A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery.
The Case of the Wooden Timekeeper, A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery
Eric Hogan & Tara Hungerford, author/artists
PO Box 1338, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205
9780228101963 $6.99 32 pages
"The Case of the Wooden Timekeeper" is a Gumboot Kids nature mystery about Scout's discovery of a mysterious wooden timekeeper in the woods. Daisy, Scout's field mouse twin, helps Scout investigate the wooden timekeeper in the woods. They find a tree stump with 11 or more tree rings showing in the wooden top of the stump. Investigating in the library, Daisy and Scout learn that eery ring in the tree stump represents a year in the life of the tree. The tree rings can help show a history of years of steady growth, years when a fire scarred the wood, and years when other traumas such as falling timber damaged the tree, plus years when there was slow growth for the tree. Daisy and Scout learn that the tree stump's eleven rings show that it was 11 years old. They also learn that trees are an important part of the ecosystem, helping to keep the air clean by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Scout and Daisy had a wonderful time learning about the wooden timekeeper they discovered in the woods.
"The Case of the Wooden Timekeeper" also contains helpful field notes about coniferous and deciduous trees, plus instructions for a nature craft to make a tiny creature from a pine cone with buttons, pipe cleaners, felt, and glue. All the illustrations of Scout and Daisy are delicate color photographs of two carefully created felt/fabric field mice characters, carefully crafted and posed in their homes and forest settings. The gumboots Kids nature craft mysteries series is intriguing and appealing to young readers with interest in the ecosystem.
Additional titles in the Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery series that are also highly recommended include: "The Case of the Vanishing Caterpillar (9780228101949, $6.99)," "The Case of the Story Rock (9780228101925, $6.99)," and "The Case of the Growing Bird Feeder (9780228101901, $6.99)," all by Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford.