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I Don't Want to Go to Camp [Hardcover]

By Eve Bunting (Author) & Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Illustrator)
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Worried when her mother informs her that she will be heading off to a camp for mothers only, Lin vows that she will never go away to camp, but she soon discovers that camp can be a fun place when she and her dad visit Mom on visitor's day.

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Lin is convinced she does not want to go to camp until her mother enrolls in a camp for mothers only.

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Studio: Boyds Mills Press
Pages   29
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 10.34" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1996
Publisher   Boyds Mills Press
Age  4-8
ISBN  1563973936  
ISBN13  9781563973932  

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More About Eve Bunting & Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Eve Bunting The author of more than 200 books for young readers, Eve Bunting was born in the small village of Maghera in Northern Ireland. In 1958, she emigrated to the United States, where she has lived ever since, raising three children and — more recently — welcoming four grandchildren. Bunting began writing after moving to California, where she enrolled in a community college creative writing course. Her first published story, The Two Giants, was a retelling of a folktale she knew from her childhood. “I thought everybody in the world knew that story, and when I found they didn't — well, I thought they should.”

Bunting's interest in just about everything, and her confidence in wanting to share her thoughts and experiences with children, has led to her incredible career as the creator of a wide variety of books. She has written picture books, novels, and even some nonfiction. She never shies away from addressing difficult issues, including racial prejudice, death, troubled families, and war; at the same time, her work is infused with hope and beauty.

Her numerous awards and honors include the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers, the PEN Los Angeles Center Literary Award for Special Achievement in Children's Literature, and the Edgar, given by the Mystery Writers of America.

When Bunting isn't writing, she enjoys reading and playing golf. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband.

Eve Bunting currently resides in Pasadena, in the state of California. Eve Bunting was born in 1928.

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Oblique and effective  Feb 23, 2004
For a primary grade child, being sent to camp is like being sent to Siberia. In this tongue-in-cheek story, the MOM gets sent to camp and the dad and the daughter stay home, then visit mid-week and then consider the remote possibility of the child perhaps, just maybe, maybe someday, going to camp. Very understated, about 2nd grade reading level, this may be helpful for a reluctant camper-to-be.
Great Introduction to Sleep-Away Camp for the Home Obsessed!  Mar 24, 2001
Children are naturally close to their parents, but there are children who will practically never budge from their homes. These are the youngsters who will need sleep-away camp the most when they are older, but are the most likely to resist. This is particularly the case if they are the only, older or oldest child in the family. Ms. Bunting has done a virtuoso job in this book of helping ease that transition by introducing the idea of sleep-away camp in a positive light for the 4-6 year old set.

"Mom waved a letter. 'I'm going to camp,' she said happily."

"'Only kids go to camp,' Lin said."

"This is a mother's camp, for mothers only."

"Loppy Lamb and I don't want to go to kid's camp."

Naturally, though, Lin wanted to help her mom get ready to go away. They went shopping, and Lin was surprised that you get to buy lots of great fun things for sleep-away camp.

Then, it was time for mom to go away on the camp bus. She asked dad and Lin to promise to visit her on Vistors Day. Lin and dad were looking forward to having fun together while mom was away.

Just before Visitors Day, they made fudge and cookies to take to mom. Lin didn't know that people got goodies on Visitors Day at camp.

They have a great reunion, and Lin gets to see what mom has been doing. She finds out that mom has been playing her new harmonica, paddling in canoe races, playing volleyball, having midnight treats, developing best friends, using passwords and secret codes with her cabin mates, riding horses, swimming, having campfire sessions, and making friendship bracelets. Lin thinks that sounds kind of neat.

When dad and Lin leave, Lin hears Loppy Lamb say something. She asks dad to be quiet so she can hear better.

"'Dad?' Lin said, 'Loppy Lamb wants to tell me something.'"

"Dad? Loppy says he might want to go to camp in two years when he's big."

"He's such a baby sometimes, I might have to go to camp with him."

"It's not that I want to go."

The illustrations done by Ms. Cocca-Leffler deserve praise. They use lots of bright pastel tones, done in strong water-based colors. The shadings and detail are marvelously subtle, and help create a relaxed mood so important to this story. You get a feeling much like in the Raggedy Ann and Andy books, except the palette is much more in earth tones and away from reds and whites.

The story deserves praise from several perspectives. First, it doesn't overtly "sell" camp. It just provides information about what a mom's experience is. Second, it never says that children should or should not go to sleep-away camp. Third, it paints the issue in the future since Lin (and your child) are too young to go to sleep-away camp now. Fourth, no one ever asks Lin if she wants to go. She simply expresses her opinion voluntarily in the end. Fifth, the book also helps your child realize that she or he can take a favorite friend along (whether a stuffed toy or a human friend). Sixth, the story also gives your child a way to talk about the subject, by suggesting that the issue can be discussed in terms of what Loppy Lamb wants. That can take some of the anxiety out of the issue.

Beyond buying and reading this book, there are other things you can do that help. You can arrange to go see siblings, cousins or neighbor children at their camps on visiting day if you know that the child is having a great time. You can also go to a family camp where there will be children the same age as your child, and activities for the children. A short day camp experience in your own town is a good transition. I also suggest encouraging your child to invite friends for overnights. I know they are hard on your sleep, but they encourage the kind of socialization that is helpful for sleep-away camp and later on for college and independent living.

Many of my friends still have their children living at home (at well past 30), often with their own children, and sometimes with spouses. These children never made it to sleep-away camp. Unless you want to live in an extended household for the rest of your life (and more power to you if you do), this book can help create the subtle encouragement to try sleep-away camp that is beneficial for slowly untying the emotional umbilical cord.

Leave home behind to add to your adventures, but keep your sense of home-based confidence when you do!


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