The July book in Mount Carroll’s Point Rock Park Book Walk is written and illustrated by a local author and illustrator.
“What's Their Kingdom,” an entertaining, informational children's book about fungi, is written by Juliene McCormick of Savanna and illustrated by Claire Thoele, who is originally from Savanna as well. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband and dog.
The idea of a children's book about fungi took root over 10 years ago when McCormick was teaching first grade at West Carroll Primary School. She took her students on a field trip to the Mississippi Palisades State Park where they found an abundance of mushrooms on their hike through the woods. It was the students' fascination with the fungi that caused the idea of a children's book to grow in her mind.
The book walk at Point Rock Park begins by the bridge next to the first baseball diamond as you drive into the park. The next sign is found past first base and the small playground at the front of the park.
Continue along the Waukarusa River and back while enjoying this book with your family. You may even find a mushroom or two along the way! Then you can shout, "I spy fungi!" as the author used to do with her students.
This is an out and back book walk path with numbered signs. When you get to sign eight, read the back of the sign and then head back along the river.
This book was donated by Pat and Keta Foltz of Mount Carroll.
Materials for the Point Rock Park book walk were provided through donations and grants, including the Mount Carroll Community Foundation, which is a component fund of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.