Judge's Review for Walking to Woot
Tuesday August 23, 2016

Judge's Review for Walking to Woot

WALKING TO WOOT: A PHOTOGRAPHIC NARRATIVE DISCOVERING NEW DIMENSIONS FOR PARENT/TEEN BONDING by Jackie Chase is an amazing book about a mother and daughter bonding in a unique setting, New Guinea. This is an experience few Americans can or will have, and so is particularly fascinating. Anyone interested in relationships, travel, or both, should read this book. WALKING TO WOOT is worth the time if all a reader does is peruse the wonderful and fascinating photographs! A wonderful, wonderful book that deserves a place in personal, public, and school libraries. A treasure to be perused again and again!

The front cover is excellent, taking the potential reader right to the scene, and provoking curiosity. The back cover is delightful. “I’d like to buy your daughter for 500 pigs,” said her guide to the author after the trek. I don’t know anyone who’s had this conversation!

The photo on the back is also wonderful. I can see why Jackie Chase’s work has won awards! I was happy to see she directs the reader to a website. I visited it and it’s gorgeous. This is a great way to keep readers interested well beyond WALKING TO WOOT. Reading about the journey and to see Katherine blossom are both joyful.


Walking to Woot

A Photographic Narrative Discovering New Dimensions for Parent-Teen Bonding


Absorb a rare experience. Follow in the footsteps of Jackie and her teenage daughter, Katherine, as they offer a compulsively readable story of their conspiracy of curiosity and courage to explore the jungles of New Guinea. The story pierces time and place to treat the reader with an intimate peek inside a Stone-Age culture. Living in one of the most extraordinary and dangerous places on earth for four weeks, they realize the destination is not important. The richest treasure veins of life's experiences can be mined away from home.

Travel is the book's vehicle for the learning/growing process. It is the process of change, the awakening of a new dimension within them. Dramatic gains in self-confidence and self-sufficiency developed as these females responded creatively to challenges, overcame fear, raised tolerances for pain and discomfort, and found the courage within their inner resources. The trekkers invite the reader to reconnect ourselves to our inner hearts. The book offers inspiration to parents and teens who, in trying to be so many things to so many people, lose themselves. In each other, we see a reflection of our sixth sense, the passion for searching.

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