Whether traveling by car, train, or plane, kids will be sure to delight in this jam-packed activity book that will keep them smiling and learning wherever their journey takes them. Sections on participating in the planning of the family's trip and designing maps allow children to be more than just backseat passengers. Kids are also given pages to draw and write what they see and experience, and they can take part in simple but entertaining activities and games like the amazing jumping frog game, ten penny puzzle, moon rockets, charades, and paper airplanes. Containing new activities and updated artwork, this new edition is a compact and complete source of amusement that doesn't require batteries--maybe just paper, pencil, string, and a little imagination.
Marlin Bree is a prize-winning American marine journalist, maritime historian, and best-selling boating book author. A former newsman with the Minneapolis Tribune, he built a small sailboat beside his home in Shoreview, Minnesota and began sailing it solo on the world's largest freshwater lake. Adventure came quickly onboard the 20-foot centerboard sloop, Persistence (pictured here with author), in Lake Superior's high waves, winds and storms -- including a record windstorm with downbursts estimated at 130 mph. Both author and boat survived "the Green Storm." From the cockpit of his sloop, as he sailed alone from isolated anchorage to remote harbor, he found he gained special insight into Superior's notorious wild weather as well as its brave sea captains and many shipwrecks. As an author, he gained success by co-writing the best seller, Alone Against the Atlantic, which told of Minnesota sailor Gerry Spiess's record-breaking voyage in his 10-foot Yankee Girl across the North Atlantic to Falmouth England. Buoyed by boating adventures, Bree's books on his own voyages quickly found international audiences and two books also became national best sellers: Wake of the Green Storm and In the Teeth of the Northeaster. As a boating journalist, he is the only writer to ever have twice won the coveted Grand Prize of Boating Writers International--both for magazine articles excerpted from his book, Broken Seas. He wrote and did drawings for his humor book, "The Dangerous Book for Boaters." He explains: "As a small craft boater, you have to have a sense of humor."
He regularly writes for a passel of American boating magazines including Cruising World, Good Old Boat, Lakeland Boating, The Ensign, Small Craft Advisor, and Soundings. On his Author's Guild website,www.marlinbree.com, he shares his boating experiences with color photos of his beautiful bright-finished all-wood boat as well as features some of his boat-building innovations. There are various excepts as well as background details for his adventures and his books.He also writes a regular Blog on these pages. Fellow boaters, and especially fans of Marlin Bree's writing and books, can spend some enjoyable time browsing www.marlinbree.com.
In addition to his boating books, Marlin also develops some nonfiction books for children with his spouse and writing partner, Loris. This collaboration has resulted in the Kid's Trip Diary, the Kid's Travel Fun Book, and Kid's Magic Secrets. The latter book was under contract by Screen Gems and was used in the movie, Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.
Another book, The Boat Log & Record, was under contract by Warner Brothers for use in the movie, The Perfect Storm, starring George Cluny and Mark Wahlberg.
Marlin Bree's Boat Log & Record is being updated and will be available after January 1, 2013 in its new 4th edtion. This is the special boating book that Marlin carried with him during his eventful sails on Superior and that he uses every year to get his sailboat ready for another season.
"Most boaters think of log books as dull statistical affairs mostly filled out by a dour navigator in a yacht's wheelhouse." Nothing could be further from the truth, the author says: a proper Boat Log & Record is essential for anyone who keeps a boat, small or large, power or sail. It is a central source that keeps all information about a boat: its organization, maintenance, expenses, suppliers, and essential records. Of course, there's the important legal record of daily cruises, including GPS waypoints. Bree's Boat Log & Record even has a place for the skipper's doodles of things to build or to change.
Photos (left to right): 1/ Marlin Bree's home-built boat, Persistence, is on the cover of The Ensign magazine. 2/ Marlin Bree has lived aboard his small sailboat for as long as three months at a time cruising Lake Superior. It was from here that he began his series of books about sailing notoriously perilous Lake Superior. 3/ The illustration is from the author's Dangerous Book for Boaters, a boating humor book. 4/ The author in the hatchway 5/ A 20-foot boat isn't really very big, is it? 6/ Persistence glows in the sunset. 7/ Here the author is shown building his boat beside his home in Shoreview, Minnesota 8/ The author on the bow his his all bright-finished pocket yacht.