Camp Won­der­ful Wild

Lau­rel Sny­der; Car­lynn Whitt, illus.
  • Review
By – August 21, 2014

This humor­ous, charm­ing, quirky pic­ture book is a camp lover’s delight. Writ­ten in per­fect­ly cadenced rhyme, it is an ode to the highs and lows of camp­ing days — lows remem­bered fond­ly and as an inte­gral part of a won­der­ful camp expe­ri­ence. It’s a great intro­duc­tion for an appre­hen­sive first-time camper, pro­vid­ing an open­ing to dis­cuss what camp will be like and that it can be fun even when events don’t unfold exact­ly as the poten­tial camper imag­ines they will. The text reads suit­ably for all kinds of camps, but the light­heart­ed, com­ic, col­or­ful pic­tures make it very clear that it is a Jew­ish camp that the author had in mind, one with a rich pro­gram of Jew­ish activ­i­ties and edu­ca­tion­al opportuni­ties. This is a fun book and a fun look at a sum­mer of growth and excite­ment. Due to the sub­ject mat­ter, it is suit­able for a wider age range than the typ­i­cal pic­ture book crowd, although younger chil­dren can enjoy it, too. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 4 – 9.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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