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Tickle The Sky

Robert Fulghum shows us the joy of climbing trees.

A printer-friendly version of this page 40 minutes
Produced by David Stark
Hosted by Robert Fulghum

There's a new form of recreation in the news...tree climbing! With the development of ingenious new climbing gear, anyone can experience the thrill we all felt in childhood of being up in a tree.

Young and old, able bodied and infirm, almost everyone can now climb trees safely, without undue effort, and with no harm to the tree. The author Robert Fulghum ("All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten") is our guide. An avid tree climber, he's part of a growing community of people who find self-assurance and tranquility both in the climb and in the change of perspective it affords.

Fulghum takes us on tree climbing trips to North Carolina with members of Tree Climbers International; to Oregon with Tom and Sophia Sparks of New Tribe, developers of climbing equipment; and to the Sierra Nevadas with a veteran crew as they climb the world's sixth largest tree, a 243-foot giant sequoia.

People who go up into the trees seem to come down taller. For child and adult, TICKLE THE SKY, like tree climbing, is about the joy of being alive.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1996     Copyright Date: 1995
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-114-2     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-654-2

"Robert Fulghum acts as guide for this ode to the joys of tree climbing...Small kids to grandparents-including some with physical disabilities-are depicted hoisting themselves heavenward and camping out in tree hammocks. For most ages, but especially to whet the exploratory appetites of preteens."

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Tickle The Sky

"One can't help but want to scramble up the nearest tree after viewing." Video Librarian

Awards and Festivals
Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
Certificate of Merit, North American Outdoor Film/Video Awards
Far North Conservation Film Festival

Outdoor Education
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"Why climb?...for a different perspective, for relaxation, to shed 'adultness,' to learn respect for nature, to build self-confidence, but most of all--for the sheer fun of it. The film boasts high production can't help but want to scramble up the nearest tree after viewing. Recommended."
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