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We read books to our students' ages 4-6 and this book was a winner. Most of our kids had never been camping before but could relate to Ernestine's experiences. They were also really excited to hear about S'mores. Some highlights about this book: - positive family interactions - vegan/ vegetarian eating is mentioned without it feeling like a cliche - 2 parents are never seen together which allows the kids to decide for themselves whether there are other characters that are not on the page. This is great since every family is different. - it gets kids curious about nature and their own interactions in it.
This is a fun book about going camping for the first time. My grandchildren are not very excited about camping, and this one gave them a look inside the experience and made them want to try it. Our family is multi-racial and my daughter does not like preachy books that include multi-ethnic characters, but show all kinds of people and cultures in stories of everyday life. Our whole family enjoyed this story.
Ernestine is excited for her first camping trip but quickly realizes it is a bit different from what she had expected. A beautiful story of opening your mind to new experiences and making memories despite a few bumps along the way.
My kids are city kids like Ernestine (expert blanket tent makers too) and they love and relate to her excitement and reservations around her first REAL camping trip! Love the quasi graphic novel layout. Just a lovely example of characters of color doing every day stuff without emphasis on the diversity.
This is such a simple, fun little story about a camping trip. My two boys (5, 3) really enjoy it and have requested to read it more than once. It’s a really good introduction to camping and everything that goes along with that - from what to pack, to swimming in a lake, to missing family - all as told by a little girl on her first camping trip.