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Synopsis: a narrative of mother-and-son nature outings across the state of Wisconsin. In a style that blends the voices of Janisse Ray and Annie Dillard, a mother and son explore parallels in the world of people and nature. The interconnected chapters stand on their own and build upon each other. These explorations of natural history, flora and fauna, and parenting themes demonstrate that the mythic thread that winds through everything can still be found, even in a world of wounds. Amy Lou Jenkins' award-winning writing is rich in sensory immediacy, characterization, natural history, and humor.
As a mom trying to raise a little guy, I am always looking for different methods of teaching him about our world. I stay home with my little man so I have in my memory bank lot's of fond memories already but really enjoyed reading how Amy Lou used nature walks and outings as a different method of teaching. I am so used to just sitting down, classroom style, to teach him the basics but to read the things that Amy Lou and her son experienced doing something so simple as taking a walk really makes me want to do the same. The memories we create with our children when they are young stays with them through their entire life and makes them into the people they become.
About Amy Lou Jenkins, holds a BSN in Nursing and Professional Communication and an MFA in Literature and Creative Writing from Bennington College. She teaches as a university adjunct and at writing retreats, conferences and workshops. Her work has appeared in multiple magazines, newspapers, and anthologies including Wisconsin Academy Review, Flint Hills Review, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shepherds Express, Florida Review, Inkpot, Earth Island Journal, Grit, Generations, Rosebud, Big Apple Parent, MetroParent, Washington Families, Chicken Soup, Cup of Comfort books, Women on Writing, The Maternal is Political, and the summer 2010 release Wild with child. She writes a quarterly book review column for the Sierra Club’s Muir View. She’s read her essays on Wisconsin and Alaska public radio and been a radio guest on dozens of shows. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and two spoiled dogs.
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