for The Camping Trip
by Jennifer K. Mann
Ernestine can't wait to go on her first camping trip, with her Aunt Jackie and cousin Samantha. "I've never been camping before, but I know I will love it." Her anticipation mounts along with her preparations: getting a new sleeping bag, packing a duffle, and making trail mix with her dad. A long car ride finally ends at the campground, where it's quiet and big, and "smells like trees, and fire, and dirt." Putting up a tent isn't as easy as building a fort at home, and the realization that fish are swimming alongside her in the lake sends Ernestine to shore. It turns out that hiking uphill is work, tofu hot dogs are as bad as expected, and missing her dad is hardest at night. But challenges are countered with nature discovery, scrumptious s'mores, and the beauty of a starlit sky. Aunt Jackie handles Ernestine's qualms with calm confidence, and the two cousins play together with familiar ease. Gentle humor and engaging details, right down to endpapers itemizing necessities from tarp to playing cards, show this brown-skinned extended family introducing a new member to the realistic joys and adversities of camping.
CCBC Choices 2021. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2021. Used with permission.
Ernestine has never been camping before, but she's sure it will be lots of fun . . . won't it? An endearing story about a girl's first experience with the great outdoors.
My aunt Jackie invited me to go camping with her and my cousin Samantha this weekend. I've never been camping before, but I know I will love it.
Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping. She follows the packing list carefully (new sleeping bag! new flashlight! special trail mix made with Dad!) so she knows she is ready when the weekend arrives. But she quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, never mind fall asleep in it, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish -- eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone? In an energetic illustrated story about a first sleepover under the stars, acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer K. Mann reminds us that opening your mind to new experiences, no matter how challenging, can lead to great memories (and a newfound taste for s'mores).
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