Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review of 'Teddy's Camp: On a Bearish Adventure Into the Woods'

Book Blurb:

Teddy gets on the bus to start off for camp, sad to part."

Teddy takes his adventure to the next level - off to summer camp to meet new friends and explore the woods. Follow along and you'll see that every step away will bring you closer to home. Isn't it exciting?

Experience the wonders of summer camp with Teddy and his new friends:
  • Meet some crazy counselors
  • Stay in a cabin
  • Swim to your heart's content
  • Take a grassy nap
  • Make tie-dye t-shirts
  • Sail away with the wind at your tail
  • Race the waves with your friends
  • Horseback riding - Woo Hoo!
  • Campfires and songs galore
Take the journey with Teddy on his first trip away from home... off to summer camp for to make new friends from all over the world and together go on new adventures.

Cast of Characters:

Teddy R. LeBear
Benjamin Ursinae Brown
Kenneth C. Koala
William B. Polar
Evan Hwan-ung Moon

With guest appearances by:

Mom - the coolest bear of them all
Counselor Kieth "Grizzly Tail" Kodiak

**My thoughts**
The story is a cute way to introduce young children what they can look forward to when going to camp. It also shows how there is an element of sadness when first going away to camp, then happiness while having fun, and finally sadness at having to leave camp. I also appreciated Mom sniffling as she sent her little bear off to camp. Moms often have a little sadness when their young ones go away for a little while, as well.

The illustrations clearly show Teddy and his friends having a great time while they are at camp. The text is written in a rhyming format. Sometimes it works for me; other times it doesn't. A couple of times, the phrases suddenly don't rhyme at all, which throws off the entire rhythm of the book for me. Other rhymes felt like a bit of a stretch. I know it is difficult to get a story across with good rhymes. I feel like you need to decide to either have rhyming or not, for consistency.

Nevertheless, it is one that kids are going to enjoy. It will get them excited to go to camp and to discover their own potential adventures. I look forward to checking out some of Teddy's other adventures. 

I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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