First-time authors Miles and William Rabun of Wake Forest have explored the natural habitat of their grandmother's Atlanta, Ga., home every summer for the last five years. In the summer of 2006, Miles, 8, and William, 6, wrote about the enriching and exciting nature activities that their grandmother, an environmental specialist, made possible for them in her expansive backyard, one which featured multiple bridges, trees, plant life and a pond.
Their book, My Grandma's Backyard, was published in May, and in it the boys write about youthful rites of passage like skipping rocks, discovering plants and making up skits in the picture-based book. They also make it possible for young readers to talk and learn about their own outdoor experiences in an activity section that features vocabulary words and games—answer key included.
Though many Wake County youngsters may now have truncated summer breaks, the book offers young kids the chance to learn about the outdoors in a non-structured, informal fashion. Atlanta illustrator Tony Moore has weaved in vibrant likenesses of the boys and their activities that can be appreciated by nature lovers of all ages.
Miles and William Rabun will sign copies of My Grandma's Backyard Saturday, July 7, 4-6 p.m., at Jasper's Place at Brier Creek in Raleigh. For more info, call 544-6181.