Friday, August 21, 2015

Eddie's Tent and How to go Camping: Book Review and Giveaway

FTC Disclosure: Book received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
Holiday time and Eddie his Mum, Tom, Lilly and Tilly prepare to explore the outdoors with a camping trip. After a long ride to the campsite, they finally get camp set up. After a night of listening to owls hooting, Eddie spends the next day exploring the beach, learning to make a fire, and making Damper Bread. While fishing Eddie meets a new friend named Max and his puppy, Bouncer. When Bouncer disappears, Eddie puts his new found survival skills to work.

While the story gives a realistic view of family life with illustrations to match, the camping tips at the end provide delightful activities for the family. The Chocolate Bananas are not only surprisingly easy to make but deliciously yummy too. A fabulous introduction to camping for the budding outdoor enthusiast.

Rating ★★★★☆

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (May 7, 2015)
Pages: 40
ISBN-13: 978-1-84780-408-2
Ages: 4-7

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apple blossom said...

I'd love to share this with students I teach. Sounds like an awesome book thanks

Unknown said...

I'd give this book to my niece. So, I find it weird you've gendered a book about camping. This article is tagged as picture books for boys. Do you always leave the girls home to play house when you go camping and take the boy children, lest you ruin their delicate constitutions? Newsflash: girls do outdoor stuff too. 2nd newsflash: It's 2015, not 1955.

Mary said...

I would read this with my Granddaughter. She has not gone camping yet but is interested in the adventure. This book would be a fun way to introduce her to how much fun camping can be for kids.

Trudy said...

C Moore,
Thank you for your comment. You raise a valid point which I totally agree with. I have both boys and a girl and my girl is the most outdoorsy of all and has done multi-day backpacking trips that involve camping on a monthly basis and at the same time, I never had a problem with my sons wanting to play house (even if their idea of house involved pulling dolls arms and legs off).
While I can see why labeling a book for boys would seem offensive I do want to explain once again while I started this blog. When my children were younger, my daughter was the most avid reader of my three children. One of my sons was also an avid reader, the other was not. I helped in the classroom with reading on several occasions and found the boys in the classroom struggled with reading whereas the strongest readers were girls. I was so happy to see that girls were excelling in school which made me proud for my own daughter that she would grow up knowing she could be anything she wanted. However, I worried about my boys. Why were they being left behind? I found the classroom learning environment to be inhospitable for my very active sons who were always getting in trouble for not sitting still. I would often discuss my observances with many different teachers who would admit that the boys in their classes often lagged behind the girls in reading skills. If we are going to push our daughters to be strong in math and science, why can't we push our sons to be strong in reading?
When reading out loud to my sons, I found they hated some of the most beloved novels my daughter and I enjoyed together. I had to put away A Little Princess and pull out Treasure Island. It was at that point I acknowledged they had different interests and I spent countless hours at the library trying to help them find books they liked. Now I spend countless hours reviewing books for boys, not because I am old fashioned and think that girls wouldn't like them but because I see a need for boys to feel as comfortable with reading as their female counterparts do. I want my sons AND daughter to grow up thinking they can be anything they want whether it be a nurse, doctor, poet, author, etc. I don't want my sons to shy away from reading because they think it's a girls activity anymore than I want my daughter to shy away from math and science. I hope you understand.

Sara said...

My boys have just joined Boy Scouts so I would love to share this book with them as an introduction to the camping we will do.

Kristi S said...

My husband's name is Eddie and my kiddos would get a kick out of that :). We are always looking for good books and this looks like a keeper!

Carrie Smith said...

This looks like a great book and you don't have anything for which to apologize! Everything is going to be offensive to someone nowadays. I would love to read this to my son Harry :). Thanks so much for the giveaway!

[Whatever U are, be a good one!] said...

This book sounds interesting to read! I would love to win it for my son
Thank You for the chance

Fiona N

Esme said...

This would be for my dear SS. We are likely going on a surprise camping trip before the end of the year and this would be a great way to announce it.

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