River Martin has worked with children for over 15 years as an educator. She also helps people donate their items to various charities. She enjoys writing fact, fiction, and poetry. Martin lives in Oak Glen, California with her husband Jay, their bird Malachite, and their Malamutes Lupita and Koko. Martin has been known to rescue frogs and even worms off the roads after a storm. In her spare time she loves to hike and find new trails to explore.
"Jack’s BackPack is a story about a boy who holds on to all his toys and continues to feel bored. The author, River Martin, takes the reader on a heartfelt adventure. When Jack meets animals along the way, he begins to see how his choice of viewing the world is holding him back from growing. The talking animals and beautiful illustrations encourage the reader to read more and more. As his adventure comes to an end, Jack realizes that holding on to physical items will not ensure his memory of every meaningful experience in his life. The memories are in his mind and his heart. Once he realizes this, he moves forward and cleans his world of excess physical items."
"I love that Jack is going on a adventue! Animals talking is so amazing to read about and the wolf is my favorite! I love the name WIllow and I love wolves. I love when Jack puts so many toys in a box. He is so kind. Your book and illustrations are great. Your book has a valuable lesson. Love your book!"
-Child age 10