Jody's Michigan Adventures
Jody's Michigan Adventures captures all the joy of being a child. The little boy, Kevin Murphy, who writes the stories for practice, is as serious and well-informed as most ten-year-old boys are about their favorite pursuit. By contrast, Kevin's little sister, Katie, is full of mischief, imagination, and adventure. In the video below, the author reads the preface to all the books and one section of the Mackinac book so that you can get a feel for the way these books are designed to enchant children.
Notice that, even during the literary crisis of Katie being lost, the reader still learns that there are no cars allowed on Mackinac Island and that only the police can drive. They also learn about the legend of Arch Rock in this episode.
The books have been used in the Michigan public schools since 1999. A workbook, written by Lynda Stierle-Dunn, former Head of the Social Studies Department at Smith Middle School, is also available upon request.
Jody's Michigan Adventures, complete set of seven bright yellow soft-cover books in a handsome slipcase: $48.65.