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Survivor Kid: A Practical Guide to Wilderness Survival    by Denise Long order for
Survivor Kid
by Denise Long
Order:  USA  Can
Chicago Review Press, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'This book is for young adventurers who want to build up their survival skills and learn what to do if they ever find themselves lost or in a dangerous situation in the wild,' writes Denise Long in this book's introduction. 'Does that sound like you? Great let's get started!'

What follows are twelve chapters that contain practical and well explained suggestions on how to survive in nature if one is forced to do so. The chapters cover building a shelter, finding water, signaling for help, building a fire and finding food.

Other sections focus on avoiding dangerous animals, dealing with bugs and extreme weather conditions, what to do if you or someone else is injured, and learning to navigate in a wilderness setting.

On the preventive side, the author also offers some detailed advice on how to prepare a basic survival kit, a basic first-aid kit and a car emergency kit.

A former search and rescue professional, Denise Long also stresses at the book's outset the importance of the 'rule of three'. A person can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, and three hours without adequate shelter in harsh weather conditions. Each of the book's aforementioned chapters then addresses how to survive with this rule in mind.

Along with diagrams and simple instructions, this guide includes some activities that the reader can use to hone his or her survival skills. These suggestions range from casting any animal tracks one finds in a nearby wilderness area and creating a solar still to actually constructing a brush shelter.

This is a must read for any youngster who enjoys outdoor nature hikes or other wilderness activities. The key to survival if one gets lost is knowing what to do ahead of time and then being able to draw upon that knowledge. This book is the first step in obtaining that life saving information.

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