Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Chilly Reading for Hot Summer Days
Reading in the summer does not seem like a chilly activity to some, but then they have not read the right books. For children, or adults with a willingness to explore kids’ books, the description of the bitter, winter cold, with no relief in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter will make you think you are in the middle of a blizzard. Or read a chapter or two of Richard Atwater’s hilarious Mr. Popper’s Penguins to get the cooling effect. For adults, if you want to be chilled to the bone, read Robert Falcon Scott’s trek to the South Pole in his journal, Scott’s Last Journey (edited by Peter King) or Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air to experience Everest. You will become immersed in the chill of winter even if it hits 106 degrees.