Activities & Books Read in Costa Rica
- Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the
Sea (1952). Classic short story about a fisherman's relentless battle
with a giant marlin. Wonderful story to share before our day fishing for
- Robert Siegel's Whalesong (1981).
This is a classic fable of Hruna a humpback whale and his journey into love,
mystery, and spiritual awakening in the waters of the world. (143 pages,
- Kathryn Lasky's The Most Beautiful Roof
in the World (1997). This a fasinating book describes the life of a
scientist who studies the rainforest. The are wonderful pictures, stories
and facts about the rainforest and how it is studied.
- Marion Morrison's Costa Rica (1998)
and Tracey West's Costa Rica (1999) were both nice children's books
with history and facts on the country perfect as background material for
- Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Children Save
the Rain Forest (1996) describes the rain forest and how children have
raised money to purchase and protect land in Costa Rica.
- Elaine Landau's Tropical Rain Forests
Around the World (1990) describes dangers of rain forest deforestation.
- Rebecca Johnson's A Walk in the Rainforest
(2001) describes the rainforest.
- Educational activities included guided
day and night tours in the rainforest as well as day hike on an active volcano.
- Encouraged use of spanish to order food,
talk to store owners and get directions. We also had 10 minute, "Spanish
Only," conversations during our walks and car rides.
- We were fortunate to have friends living
in Costa Rica who shared with us their observataions of the country and
introduced us to Ticos. This allowed us to learn even more about the country
A Poem by Katie
As I check my bed,
visions of scorpions ring in my head.
When my covers are clean, I slip
I hope night time critters won't
This is the first part of my
I then dream of what may seem
like an adventurous scheme.
I dream of the things I encountered
and ant bites stinging.
Before I know it, it's morning,
I look outside and see rain pouring.
It's time for breakfast and you
know what that means,
fresh from the oven, rice and
Painting by Katie - Acrylic on Canvas - 2003