Timo Goes Camping
Timo Goes Camping
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Annotation: When Suki invites her friends on a camping trip, Timo is wary. None of them has ever gone camping before.
Catalog Number: #160757
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Pajama Press
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Griffiths, Dean,
Pages: 48 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-7727-8040-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-7727-8040-6
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
It's tough to relax and enjoy a camping trip when there's a friend along whose sense of humor is hurtful. Allenby's five woodland characters are full of personality. Timo, a rabbit, is the nervous one. When Suki, a squirrel, suggests a camping trip, Timo's dubious expression speaks volumes. But Suki knows how to get the gang onboard, assigning each a job title that fits their strengths; Bogs is dubbed the "Toad of Tunes," for example. As the trip unfolds, the group's inexperience causes mishaps, which become fodder for Suki's teasing. Timo is uncomfortable, but everyone else is laughing, though Suki's target's body language is clear. All Timo hopes is that he doesn't do something foolish, too. But it's inevitable, and when Suki opens her mouth to speak, Timo yells, "Stop!" "Suddenly all the words he had been holding in burst out like water from a dam." This allows the group to have a conversation about their feelings, and Suki is plainly remorseful. That night the five share a wonderful evening practicing the camping skills Timo learned at the library. And Suki shares her idea for their next adventure….Griffiths' digital illustrations depict the animals realistically but also anthropomorphize them with clothing; they walk on two legs. Vignette, single-page, and double-page artwork serves to show the friends' emotions and illustrate the text. Beginning chapter-book readers will look for the friends' next adventure and head to the library whenever their own skills are lacking. (Animal fantasy. 6-9)<
School Library Journal
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 decidewith the urging of adventurous Sukito 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. Amanda C. Buschmann, Carroll Elementary School, Houston
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School Library Journal (2/1/18)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Lexile: 600L

Rich language, varied text features, and a dramatic camping adventure combine in this early reader friendship story Timo the rabbit has always been able to count on his friends for support when he's feeling anxious. But what happens when the anxiety is caused by one of his friends? When Suki invites her friends on a camping trip, Timo is wary. None of them has ever gone camping before. But a little research at the Toadstool Corners library makes him feel better - until the first accident happens. Bogs trips on the dock, and Suki laughs. Hedgewick capsizes a canoe, and Suki teases. Now Timo dreads being the next one to make a mistake. Can he get through the trip without making a fool of himself? And even if he does, will his friendship with Suki ever be the same? Award-winning author Victoria Allenby and award-winning illustrator Dean Griffiths, creators of Timo's Garden and Timo's Party , return to Toadstool Corners to find out in a new, beautifully illustrated early chapter book replete with rich, musical language and multiple text features, including a map.

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