Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids about Homesickness

Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids about Homesickness

by Frank J. Sileo, Eric Scott Fisher
     
 
Andy is going off to summer camp for the first time. Shortly after arriving at camp, he begins to struggle with feelings of homesickness. With the advice of his camp counselor, Andy learns the coping skills to help him overcome feelings of homesickness. As Counselor Mike tells Andy, "homesickness is a normal thing to happen to kids" and that "homesickness doesn't last

Overview

Andy is going off to summer camp for the first time. Shortly after arriving at camp, he begins to struggle with feelings of homesickness. With the advice of his camp counselor, Andy learns the coping skills to help him overcome feelings of homesickness. As Counselor Mike tells Andy, "homesickness is a normal thing to happen to kids" and that "homesickness doesn't last long." Bug Bites and Camp Fires explains homesickness to kids in a fully illustrated book that also includes a foreword for parents and camp web resources. This book offers comfort and will assist the child reader to gain a sense of confidence, security and mastery over separating from their parents or when they are away from home.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Andy is excited about going to summer camp for several weeks. In the beginning, he makes friends and has fun, but then he starts to miss his family, his dogs, and even his dad's grilled hamburgers. He withdraws and feels sad. His counselor is quick to assure him that his feelings are normal and usually don't last long, and he suggests focusing on good thoughts and keeping busy. With additional help from his counselor, Andy is able to overcome his homesickness and enjoy the rest of the session. Most books dealing with this topic are written for children entering school for the first time or going on a first overnight. Sileo's story is for older children, and the colorful cartoon illustrations have a quirkiness that makes them appropriate for that audience. A useful book for parents and camp staff.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780929173542
Publisher:
Health Press NM
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
29
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and the Executive Director of The Center For Psychological Enhancement, LLC, located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Dr. Sileo received his doctorate in psychology from Fordham University in New York City. He is the author of the children's books Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children About Crohn's Disease and Hold the Cheese Please! A Story for Children about Lactose Intolerance. In his practice, he works with children, adolescents, and adults coping with chronic illness issues as well as other psychological issues. Dr. Sileo is an active public speaker and speaks across the United States on psychology and chronic illness. His research has been published in professional psychological journals, newspapers, and magazines. His work has been presented at professional conferences in the United States and Canada.

Eric Scott Fisher is a freelance illustrator living in Morris, Illinois with his wife Sarah and daughter Molly. He devotes his time to illustrating books and magazines for children and young readers.

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