The book starts with a letter from Sam Gribley to the reader, extending an invitation to practice some of the skills he learned in whatever setting a child might be in. He gives a great invitation to get involved with nature and our conservation.
The book is organized by topic, allowing the reader to find what interests him/her most. Within each topic, there is a quote from the book, My Side of the Mountain, as well as skill building information and activities. I liked this quote on fire, as I would like to work on fire building with my own boys. Topics include camping, shelters, fire, water, fishing, roadkill & bugs, outdoor cooking, edible wild plants, poisonous plants, medicine plants, useful knots, animal tracking, birdsongs, falconry, hiking & trailblazing, finding your way, outdoor fun, outdoor safety, and recipes.
At the end of the book, there are several recipes for using wild edibles. We have learning more about wild edibles on our Family Nature Bucket List, so hope to explore this more!
Jean Craighead George writes a letter at the end to the reader about who Sam Gribley is . . . he is the many people in her life who connect with nature in various ways.
I find this to be a great companion to My Side of the Mountain. While simple, it gives a variety of ideas and skill builders. I would like to watch the older movie again and use the guide to pick out a few activities that each of my children would like to explore as part of this.