Camping Day

Camping Day

by Patricia Lakin, Scott Nash
     
 

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Sam, Pam, Will and Jill are crocodile friends with a camping plan but not much know-how. They get lost on their way to the campsite, get attacked by a swarm of bees, get all mixed up while trying to assemble their tent, and then get so frightened by nighttime shadows that their campout is in danger of fizzing out.

But all ends well, as it always does for

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Sam, Pam, Will and Jill are crocodile friends with a camping plan but not much know-how. They get lost on their way to the campsite, get attacked by a swarm of bees, get all mixed up while trying to assemble their tent, and then get so frightened by nighttime shadows that their campout is in danger of fizzing out.

But all ends well, as it always does for this happygo- lucky crew. This is a breezy summer story that's ?ideally pitched for prereaders or brand-new ones? (as Booklist said of its predecessor, Rainy Day!).

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Publishers Weekly

In the fourth book to feature the industrious crocodile family, Sam, Pam, Will and Jill decide to go on a camping trip. While they're well prepared-" 'Take maps,' said Sam. 'The packs,' said Pam"-something, invariably, goes wrong. Readers should appreciate their haphazard (but not too shabby) organizational skills and identify with the nighttime fright that sends them packing (" 'Who growled?' asked Will. 'Who yowled? asked Jill") as the crocs seek a more comforting place to camp. Ages 3-5. (June)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Sam, Pam, Will, and Jill, the anthropomorphic crocodile friends of previous adventures, decide that camping out would be a good idea for some fun. With their maps, packs, lights, and tents, they drive, park, and set off on the trail. In terse verse and large type, they admire the birds, trees, and flowers, but are wary of the bees. After the tent is up, it is time to eat; but the beans that they eat cause a chorus of, "P.U.!" In the tent, a shadow in the dark frightens the friends. They end up camping safely and happily in the yard at home. The visual story is told in a variety of boxes, sometimes double-page scenes but mostly vignettes devoted to the single cartoon-like characters. This allows for sequences of simple rhymes to exploit their names. Bold, opaque colors fill the outlined figures produced in black pencil and Photoshop for this silly fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

The wacky crocodiles are back for another rollicking adventure. They head to the woods for an all-out summer camping trip that includes hiking, climbing, crossing a stream, bird watching, pitching a tent, enjoying nature, and a cookout. Songs and stories around the campfire complete a perfect day, until it's time to sleep. The dark tent and quiet amplify every noise in the woods, which creates anxieties as the mighty crocs spook themselves with one of their own shadows. All is not lost when they decide to finish their camping experience closer to home. Nash's humorous illustrations in black Prismacolor pencil and Photoshop are bright, colorful, and peppered with playful details that will delight young children. One amusing scene shows the group in "freeze!" mode when suddenly surrounded by a swarm of bees. Larkin's spare, rhyming text is just enough for a rousing storytime with a group of day campers or for sharing one-on-one. Pair this tale with Todd Parr's Otto Goes to Camp (Little, Brown, 2004) for an upbeat themed read.-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY

Kirkus Reviews
That quartet of crocodiles is back (Rainy Day, 2007, etc.), this time experiencing all the joys and nuisances that are part and parcel of a camping trip. From packing, hiking and setting up the tent to dinner, campfire and stories, it is all here, including the terror (because of the aforementioned stories) and the quick trek back home to sleep in the backyard. While the rhythm and rhyme sometimes fall flat, the text is bouncy enough to engage listeners and simple enough for early-grade readers to manage. Nash's illustrations combine simple outlines and minimalist detail with snatches of humor-keep an eye on the rabbits. Vibrant shades of green and orange predominate, with blue and brown rounding out the landscape. Many pages are Warhol-esque, with glaringly bright background colors not found in nature. Libraries lacking in camping tales and those with others in the Sam, Pam, Will and Jill series will want to check this out. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101641569
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/11/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
13 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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