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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Walking to Woot by Jackie Chase is a highly entertaining and informative non-fiction narrative, an unusual tale of how travelling dangerous paths together can create a powerful bond between mother and daughter. When the author and her daughter decide to travel to the unfamiliar landscapes of the jungles of New Guinea, it seems like just another adventure. Little did they know that they’d be travelling into a completely new world and age, and that they’d meet weird people and face untold challenges. Their contact with nature, the encounter with a different culture, and the dangers they overcome open their eyes to new realities and awaken a new form of life they haven’t known until then. It will be interesting to see how the experience of a four-week trip into the uncharted parts of New Guinea helps mother and daughter to deepen their love for each other and to discover their hidden strengths and gifts.
Jackie Chase combines great writing with photography to take readers away from their familiar terrain and into a world that is both primitive and virgin. The images speak powerfully of the mode of life of people inhabiting places they visited, painting the kind of world readers who have watched The Gods Must Be Crazy will be infinitely attracted to. It is most interesting to see how the protagonists of this beautiful and hilarious tale fit into the entire scenario. Readers will watch them handle physical challenges, cultivate courage, build self-confidence, reach out to make friends, and learn to accept that people can be different and that there is some beauty in that difference. You’ll laugh and learn as you read Walking to Woot, a most hilariously engaging book. I have never read anything like it before.