Piper Reed, Campfire Girl

149p. 978-0-80509-006-2.
Gr 3-6 These hefty, oversize editions of childhood classics include congenial paintings executed by Foreman in previous decades. The artwork is pleasant, but not really dominant here. Though inflated in size, the books employ a traditional layout of illustrated novels with thoughtful, sparing placement of pictures and uninterrupted flow of the original texts. Gentle, often humorous interpretations of characters and events appear in one full-page scene in most chapters; occasional small views and set pieces open and conclude chapters. With paintings that beautifully complement the enduring stories, these might be welcome new editions. Not visually lavish by today's standards, but still showy, they will serve as gift items or for reading aloud in some situations. Libraries with a particular interest in Foreman's work will definitely want them.-"Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
Piper Reed knows how hard it is to be the new kid. Nevertheless, she has trouble being nice to motor-mouth Stanley Hampshire. That is, until she takes on a new mission: finding something Stanley is good at. A Halloween camping trip with family and friends (and Stanley) turns into a series of small adventures in this lighthearted, likable book.

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