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Library : Book Reviews > I Don't Want To Go...

     I Don't Want To Go To Camp
By Eve Bunting
Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Published By Boyds Mills Press

Review by: Yvonne Gaudet

     When Lin's mother announces that she is going away to a camp for mothers only, Lin is not too sure what to think. Never having been to camp before, but thinking that camp is just for children, Lin and her favorite stuffed toy, Loppy Lamb, both agree they never want to go to camp! Mom takes Lin to the store to buy supplies for her trip, a flashlight, a sleeping bag with a rainbow on it and a bright colored bag to carry mom's things. Lin thinks that she may want some of these things in the future but she never wants to go to camp. A few weeks pass and it is time for Lin's mother to board her bus for her journey to camp. With Daddy and Lin waving goodbye, she is off for some much needed time off with her peers. Lin, Loppy Lamb, and Daddy have lots of fun together for the week, but Lin still does not want to go to camp. When visitor's day approaches, Daddy and Lin arrive at the camp and are welcomed with great big hugs and kisses from mom. Mom looks a little different to Lin however, with her baseball cap on and the scabs on her knees, Lin must wonder why her poor mother even bothered to go. After a tour of the camp, Lin is amazed at all the activities that are available to the campers. Canoe races, volleyball games, the midnight feasts, sleeping in a cabin with secret codes and passwords all seemed a little exciting to Lin. In the afternoon Lin learned of more activities available to the campers, like horseback riding, and swimming and swinging over the water on tree branches, maybe camp wasn't sounding so bad after all. After dinner and a fun campfire, it was time for Lin and daddy to say bye to mom. In the car ride home, Lin and Loppy Lamb may have changed they're minds, but you'll have to read the book to find out if I'm telling the truth or not! I just wonder where I need to go to sign up for the Mommies Camp! 
     This book is a fun look at something that scares a lot of kids, camp can be a nerve-racking experience for a lot of children. Beautifully illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler in gouache and colored pencil, this book would be a terrific gift for any new camper-to-be. I recommend this book for ages 3-8.


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