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Beachcombers – A Book Review


Join Clementine and all her friends for a rollicking adventure along the coastline!

Help build sandcastles and play in the surf, or admire starfish and seagulls while also learning about how to care for the oceans and the environment. After a wonderful day spent in the sand and waves, enjoy a picnic under the stars and fall asleep dreaming about all the fun you had. Let Clementine be your guide on her greatest adventure so far-to the beach!
What a beautiful, diverse world we inherited, a planet simply bursting with innumerable wonders to enchant and delight us. At the core, Beachcombers is a children’s book about gratitude and the need to both contribute in practical ways to an environment we should protect and to imagine the fullness of our origins, so we can shape an equally bountiful future. The story names birds, fish, fauna and other animals as a way to weave a tapestry of specific creatures whose ecosystems need care, and the sounds and rhythms of their pronunciations when spoken aloud will entertain and mesmerize young readers. The children, and their dog, lead us and teach us: we should enjoy the mysterious and fanciful world all around us, but we should also act as caretakers for our environment. After we work and play, we are inspired to indulge our imaginations and learn to dream. After a full day, we rest in our dreams of the future.
“As seen through the eyes of adolescent children, Beachcombers is an enchanting story of responsibility and captures the impact humans have on our environment. Clementine and the young people teach us that we have the ability to change the world for the better–one piece of plastic, and one friendship, at a time.” –Javier Rivera, GearUp advisor and educator
Book #3 of the Clementine the Rescue Dog Series. Be sure to read Ice Breaking (book #1) and Hiking the Grand Mesa (book #2)
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Enjoy these book excerpts…

Page from Beachcombers: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Adventure by Kyle Torke, and Barbara Torke
Page from Beachcombers: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Adventure by Kyle Torke, and Barbara Torke
Page from Beachcombers: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Adventure by Kyle Torke, and Barbara Torke
Page from Beachcombers: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Adventure by Kyle Torke, and Barbara Torke
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Ice Breaking: The Adventures of Clementine the Rescue Dog

Join Clementine on a Winter Adventure in the Great Outdoors! 

Clementine and her two boys set out for adventure on a snowy morning, mittens and imaginations in tow, and discover, among the many wonders revealed during a day outside, the miracles of cascading ice falls, a warren of rabbits, and golden fish in a frozen pond. When they return home, their imaginations are warm as a fireside!

“Ice Breaking brims with lively, engaging illustrations. I love a children’s book with real art. Many modern children’s books take shortcuts, but Icebreaking is a book to keep on the coffee table to enjoy again and again.”
— Markee Travis, Delta County librarian and artist

“Clementine the Rescue Dog steals the show from the humans during their fun romp, and she shows them how to climb the snowy banks of their imaginations. They delight, and you will enjoy their marvelous adventure!””
— Steve Rabey, author of Star Struck and other books

“I love the softness portrayed in the illustrations. Clementine is incredibly expressive. The simple escapades of the children are enchanting and full of joy. What a pleasure to immerse ourselves in their play!”
— Carol McDermott, poet, teacher and school board member

“I am delighted to see Barbara Torke’s humorous and expressive illustrations enhance the story of Clementine and her boys. The furry friends come alive in Barbara’s creative hands: winter becomes welcoming and bright!”
— Maryellen Miller, artist, gallery owner and writer

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Hiking the Grand Mesa: A Clementine the Rescue Dog Story


Join Clementine on a Desert Adventure in the Colorado Dobies! 

Join Coover, Conrad and their mighty dog, Clementine, as they explore one of the most unique landscapes in southern Colorado–the Grand Mesa! Their grandma takes them to the Dobies, a series of steep hills made from adobe clay that formed as the nearby volcanoes, now extinct, eroded. At first, Coover feels a little sad and lonely, but as he is introduced to the rich wildlife–from woodpeckers to toads, cattails and sunflowers–he feels stronger and more confident. As both boys tramp through their imaginative journey, the vivid history and beautiful scenery awaken them to a new world full of possibility and friendship. By the end of the day, everyone is happily exhausted and ready for the next adventure!

“Barbara Torke’s ebullient paintings set a joyful mood as two adventurous boys and their valiant dog explore the ecology of the Colorado Dobies, an emotional landscape that at first seems barren and solitary, but, as the boys learn, is full of life. The story is about how imagination and companionship defeat loneliness, and the beautiful illustrations provide the rich texture of a vibrant journey of friends learning how to thrive.”
–Sarah Treschl, Kurt Johnson award winning writer

“A fun and insightful adventure with vivid visual descriptions and language that engages and challenges readers–both young and old. The paintings leap off the pages and into your imagination. A poetic and visual treat!”
–Marisa Donnelly, author of Somewhere On A Highway 

“Hiking the Grand Mesa comes to life in every sentence–brilliant images, constant movement and supportive interactions as the characters explore nature, enjoy each other’s friendship and build upon shared imaginations. What a wonderful reading experience! You can share the adventure with everyone in your family, young and old!”
–Steve Staley, professor, author and grandfather

Be sure to check out the first in the series — Ice Breaking: The Adventures of Clementine the Rescue Dog

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About the Authors


KYLE TORKE:
An adventure with children returns the adults in their company to a state of innocent wonder, and the transformative power of an alien landscape that forces us to look, really look at what is around us is a great joy. Grand Mesa is just such an adventure. As a writer, Kyle Torke hopes the best detail, the clear image, and the precise sentence will keep our eyes open as we read and then as we wander outside to see the world again-fresh now. He has published in every major genre (most recently a book of nonfiction, Tanning Season, as well as the first Clementine Adventure: Icebreaking!) and has taught at colleges and universities for nearly twenty-five years. He lives in Colorado with his family (wife Sarah and college-age sons Conrad, Coover, and Hunter and two canine friends, Nut and Bean). We encourage everyone to adopt from a rescue shelter and spay-neuter all pets! Take lots of walks and explore the world with children and dogs, our best guides.

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BARBARA TORKE: A painting is a new lens on the world, a vitalized way of seeing the truth of flowers or people. We find our true emotions in the bursts of color and images that surface from our dreams and our daily interactions. Barbara Torke has been painting since she was a child on a farm on Colorado’s Front Range, the great prairies. She studied art and education in college and has a BA and an MA. She taught art at the elementary school level for many years and now is a master teacher of other artists. Barbara lives on the Western Slope of Colorado, at the foot of Grand Mesa with her partner, Dale, and a bushel of cats. She has four children and five grandchildren, along with a multitude of dog friends and grandpets. She loves animals, camping, reading, swimming, and writing. Barbara is best known for her whimsical watercolors and pastels of dogs and pickup trucks. Learn more about Barbara’s art at www.BarbaraTorkeArt.com.

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I have to tell you I love Clementine the Rescue Dog’s stories. I’m the mom of three rescue dogs and cannot think of a better way to get a dog.
I also love that the Clementine books have some hidden  messages. This particular one deals with lessons about the oceans and the environment. We all want to keep oceans and the entire environment for the next generations so we need to pass on lessons for keeping them clean. Clementine and friends do this in a way that kids reading the book will not notice they are getting a lesson.
If you have an up and coming young environmentalist in your life, this book is a given. If you have a child that loves to learn, this book is a given. Not only will any child enjoy the story, the pictures are amazing.
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