When seven-year-old Éclair goes geocaching for the first time, she finds a treasure that isn’t the one she imagined.
Young readers will discover what geocaching is all about through Éclair’s journey with her eccentric grandma.
This book will be hidden in geocaching sites around the US as a fun read for early readers. My hope is that young readers all over the US will learn what geocaching is through Eclair’s antic with Grandma Stella.
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Eclair Goes to Stella’s
Hi, I’m Éclair and I’m seven. My sister Meggie is two. When mom got sick we had to go live with Stella, my dad’s mom, the one with maroon colored hair. I begged Dad not to make us stay with her because she beat her horse and was going to eat her rooster, but he didn’t believe me. Even after I pretended I was going to barf, he left us with Stella.So there we were, Meggie and me, on a strange pink farm with a skinny horse, a mean rooster, and Stinky Stella who had a living room filled with dead deer heads.What would she do to us?Would we end up on her wall too?
***** Review *****
Éclair goes on a geocaching adventure believing it is a true treasure hunt. She wants to use the money for a new house so that her parents can be closer to her. What else searches for treasure but a pirate?
- Éclair – a seven year old
- Meggie – Éclair’s baby sister
- Stella – Éclair’s grandmother
Stella is funny. She isn’t like other grandmas. Her hair is reddish-purplish like Meggie’s PJ’s, and it’s in a ponytail on the top of her head. It looks like a flowing fountain. She sings country songs really loud and dances around the kitchen. Sometimes she takes out her pans and wooden spoons and lets Meggie and me pretend we’re drummers in a band. We sit on the floor with her, and she sings into a pretend microphone.
“We hunt for treasure that’s hidden in a box,” she said.
I imagined gold and silver coins, bright-colored gems, and fancy jewelry.
“Is the GPS that lady who talks to Dad and tells him where to drive to?”
The Highs and Lows
- Éclair. She’s hilarious. There are so many things she misunderstands or misinterprets, but she has the best of intentions at heart.
- Nature Setting. I love being outdoors, and Stella takes Éclair on a grand adventure in the outdoors. She teaches Éclair so many things about being outside, like how to identify and avoid poison ivy. Everyone needs to know that!
- Stella. We only see her through Éclair’s eyes, but she is one pretty cool grandma. Stella never loses her patience or gets upset with Éclair. It all comes in strides to her.
- The Length. This chapter book is the perfect length for new and beginning readers. The chapters are short and quickly move on to the next item. Overall, the book is also short enough so as to allow readers not to become frustrated.
I like Éclair’s wonder. Everything about the book is filtered through Éclair, and she can be pretty funny at times!
Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip?
Unless you are keeping this for a young reader, I suggest borrowing. Otherwise, buy the book series for those youngster readers.
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