Inspired by a true story, A Porcupine’s Promenade: An encounter in the winter woods describes, through a morning’s events, a nine-year old boy’s snowshoe hike in a snowy forest and his encounter with a North American porcupine. Through this simple narrative, young children will learn about survival, adaptation, and respectful human interactions with nature. This story is written and designed specifically for readers ages 5-9 years; and conveys to them that every journey into the outdoors is an opportunity to experience the presence of wonder.
Lyn Smith holds a M.Ed. in Literacy and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Reading Education. She began her career as a kindergarten teacher and has since worked as an educational administrator, adjunct faculty member at a local community college, and provided professional instruction as a literacy coach in Portland, Maine. She is currently an instructional strategist/reading specialist at Kennebunk Elementary School. Lyn divides her time between trail walks in the nearby nature preserves and the sandy beaches near her home.