Timo Goes Camping

illus. by Dean Griffiths. 48p. Pajama Pr. Mar. 2018. Tr $10.95. ISBN 9781772780406.
Gr 2–4—Five friends embark on a camping trip in this early reader chapter book. Saucy Suki, grumpy Bogs, helpful Rae, quiet Hedgewick, and studious Timo decide—with the urging of adventurous Suki—to take a camping trip, even though none of them have gone camping before. Timo visits the library to learn about camping tips and tricks, and then they're off in a canoe down the river. But when dangerous rocks, unstable tents, and swamps arise, can the friends work together to make their trip a success? The campers learn an important lesson about how sometimes teasing, while done in fun, can be hurtful, and how even if you don't know everything, you can work together to make something a success. The bold illustrations are coupled with flowing, sensory-laden prose to make a treat for the eyes and ears alike.
VERDICT An enjoyable choice for elementary schools and sure to be popular with children. A great choice for a class read-aloud during Kindness Week.

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