Timothy Bentley tells true stories of his childhood adventures in the countryside during the1940s and 50s.
Illustrated with photographs from his childhood, the stories include: getting caught in a donkey stampede, raising a dancing raccoon, a first airplane flight from a wilderness lake, almost drowning his water-ski buddy, and preparing a special Christmas gift for grandparents across the ocean.
Skating To The End Of The World
Bentley tells the stories with warmth and gentle humor. The title chapter describes the attraction of an endless frozen river for a determined child.
“I didn’t look back. I just focussed on what was ahead, watching the condition of the ice, avoiding the outside of the curves where the fast current sometimes kept the water from freezing. My toes were cramped and cold inside my tight skates. But the exercise was keeping the rest of me comfortably warm. Best of all, I was totally independent.”
Appeals To Young People
For children whose experience is limited to city streets, Bentley’s charming tales of a free life in the country are both exotic and inspiring. Printed in a larger font, the book is designed to attract readers from 4 to 14.
Educator Janet Kerman uses the book in her classroom. “Every year I read Skating To The End Of The World to my students, urban kids who are mainly familiar with concrete and traffic. These stories enhance children’s comprehension, and open their minds to new possibilities.”