Books on prepping for children are rare and practically nonexistent. Nearly all the novels are for older readers. But now you can introduce young children to prepping with Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, by Bernie Carr.
Bernie was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio. She’s the author of The Prepper’s Pocket Guide and the popular website ApartmentPrepper.com. We talked about her children’s book before moving on to discuss the first book and her blog site.
Our conversation was shorter than most of my shows, but don’t let that fool you into thinking we didn’t cover important and interesting topics. We had an enjoyable little chat and did a good job of covering our subject matter in quick fashion.
Besides, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure isn’t what you’d call an epic novel. But it is a cute and clever story, and if you have children or grandchildren, you’ll love it. And I think they’ll love it, too.
As I told Bernie, it’s the kind of quality book I would have seen in a doctor’s office or school library when I was a kid. I think it certainly deserves a spot in those places today.
The Story on the Story
This is a hard cover book with colorful cartoon illustrations intended for children ages 4-8. But it’s perfectly OK if you read and enjoy it, too.
Jake and his talking dog Miller plan for a big adventure. They imagine what they’ll need and what they might encounter. That’s part of good planning, isn’t it? In the end, what happens in the adventure they really embark upon is left to the reader’s imagination. You’ll have to read the story to know what I mean.
Miller would rather stay in bed. He asks all kinds of questions, like what they’ll eat, what they’l do about clean drinking water, and where they’ll sleep. Where will they go? How will they get there? What if they’re bitten by bugs?
But there’s no cause for fear or anxiety. In their give and take, Miller reminds Jake to take a can opener and batteries for their light–two things none of us wants to be without. Of course, Jake has other prepping supplies in mind, too.
Besides, he’s the interprising one who wants to take his pet along in the first place. In contrast, think of how many times we’ve seen news stories describing pets left behind in the wake of a hurricane or flood.
Throughout the story, Bernie weaves in the mention of such things as water filtration, maps and compass, a first aid kit, an emergency radio and Mylar blankets. It’s all done in a friendly, unintimidating way, making preparedness seem natural and normal. Jake and Miller aren’t scared. They’re prepared. This is a great approach for introducing young children to prepping.
Writing a kids book was something Bernie had thought of doing for a while. Upon observing children in her family on camping trips, she took note of things they’re interested in. She wanted her book to introduce prepping and enjoying the great outdoors in a way that’s not scary. The idea was also to write a story with universal appeal.
Bernie says Miller is based on her own dog’s personality. If you have a dog, you have no doubt taken notice of its personality, too.
Will Bernie write more children’s books? Time will tell, but I hope so.
The Story on the Other Book and Blog
My conversation with Bernie transitioned briefly to The Prepper’s Pocket Guide, which she wrote for beginning preppers who don’t have a lot of time and money. It includes 101 basic projects to do.
Her Apartment Prepper blog came about as a result of her experience with Hurricane Ike in the Houston area a few years ago. The unavailability of goods in the grocery stores was a wake up call. But she wanted to center the blog around preparedness for apartment dwellers, since she’s one herself.
Eventually Ulysses Press contacted her about writing her first book. She’s filling a unique andimportant niche.
As you might expect, she writes about space saving techniques for storing food and prepping supplies. But living in an apartment has other issues. What do you do when maintenance people come around? How can you grow food or herbs in limited space? What do you do about community with other preppers when neighbors come and go as often as they do?
Bernie encourages anyone to get started with prepping, no matter what your budget or where you live. And do your best to be consistent.
The Story on Finding Out More
Hear my conversation with Bernie Carr when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for May 22, 2014. (Right click to download.)
You can get either of Bernie’s books by clicking on the link for the book’s title wherever you see it in this post.
Check out Bernie’s Apartment Prepper blog. You don’t have to be an apartment dweller to appreciate her practical tips. She has a Facebook page connected with the blog here and one for Jake and Miller here.