When Maisy sets off to go camping in the country, it’s only natural that all her friends come along, too. But they soon find that pitching a tent is not an easy thing to do. Even if they do manage to keep the tent up, there’s the matter of fitting them all in — Maisy, Charley, Cyril, Tallulah, and finally, the huge elephant, Eddie. What a squeezy squish-squash! Good night, campers! Uh-oh-what’s that popping sound?Community Review
This particular Maisy book is a little less wonderful than the others. For example, in this book a lot of the camping adventure ends up being that we just count all of Maisy’s friends try to squeeze into a tent unsuccessfully. It’s cute and all, but only talks about what you actually do when camping for the first few pages. To compare, we adored the Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore book because it talked about choosing your own book, asking other friends about what they were reading, sitting quietly for story time, setting your books down to have a quick snack at the cafe, taking your books to the register to pay and get a receipt, gifting a friend a book and reading it together…. tons more detail about that new experience that my 2.5 year old adored. So we hoped the same for Camping. There COULD have been hiking to your spot, gathering firewood, having a picnic, looking at the stars, singing songs and telling stories, laying in your sleeping bag, waking up when the sun rises, cleaning up your site. The book lunps basically all the camping basics into 2 pages. Just a missed opportunity and not as clever as other Maisy First Experiences books we’ve read. Still cute, but not usual Maisy level cute.
I really like the the Maisy First Experience books in general and had high hopes for this one as well. I thought there would be tent pitching, then maybe a hike or a visit to a lake, eating outdoors, etc. Instead this is a counting book about fitting all the friends into the tent. They pitch the tent, they sing a song by the campfire and then the rest of the story is about going into the tent and then coming out. Overall, I’m disappointed, especially given the story lines for Maisy Goes to the Big City and Maisy Goes to Preschool.
- This is a good Maisy book, but definitely not my favorite.
I think my issue is that, instead of focusing on all the fun stuff you can do while camping, it devotes a LOT of time showing how they fit into the tent (or not!), which is cute, I suppose, but still, I like some of the other Maisy stories more.
The glittery cover makes it seems a little more impressive as a gift, which is nice.
- Have you been thinking about going on a camping adventure for awhile now? Do you think that camping is something that seems out of the realm of possibility for you? Well it doesn’t have to be, you can figure out how to enjoy an exciting camping adventure with the following tips.You don’t have to be a boy scout to be prepared, if you plan to go camping. One of the first rules is to be sure to tell somebody where you will be. If there isn’t an exact location to give, then give a general idea of major roads nearby or even GPS coordinates if you know them and give a timeframe of when you plan to return.Before you head out on your long-awaited camping trip, make sure the area where you plan to camp doesn’t require a camping permit. If you happen to camp in a place that does require one and you didn’t get one, then you could be facing quite a hefty ticket or fine from a local forest ranger.Camping is definitely a fun time, but there might also be uninvited guests at your campsite. Who are these guests? Bugs! This is their environment and they like camping, too. Make sure you have bugged repellent with you to tell them to stay at their own campsite or to go visit other campers who weren’t quite as prepared as you were.While a campfire gives off enough light in the general area around it, you want to be sure you take along a flashlight on your camping trip if you plan to venture outside of the campfire’s glow. This is a definite safety precaution you don’t want to ignore. It can be quite dark out there in the woods at nighttime.Avoid any wildlife you may come into contact with. Bears have become a fairly large problem with campers. In some parks they have been known to rip open the trunk of a car to gain access to food. Raccoons are also a big problem in many campgrounds. Not only are they smart and can gain access to your food supplies easily, but they can carry disease as well.Now that you know what it takes to have a good camping trip get ready for many exciting adventures to come. Use everything that you learned today about camping to enjoy yourself with a good time away from your normal routine of life, and to get an experience you’ll never forget.
I loved this book. It is fun to read and highly informative. If you are new to camping, new to camping with kids or looking for new ideas about how to make camping with kids better then this book is for you. I have recently read several books on camping, cooking while camping and cooking for kids while camping and this is the best out of all of them. The book comes with very helpful lists (I happen to love lists!). The lists are for packing equipment, packing activities for the kids, and packing and preparing food. There are very useful and basic but interesting recipes and food menus. Olsson includes very helpful information about what to do if it is raining/storming, what to do with the hours in between meals and sleeping, what to do on a hike when the kids become tired, what to do if you are far from a bathroom, and what to do when you have unhappy campers. Every page of this book has helpful tips, lists and I found myself highlighting parts on every page. What makes this book even better is Olsson’s sense of humor and style of writing. The book opens up with a very funny camping before kids were in her life — I have recounted that scene to several friends already. Olsson doesn’t just give advice, she gives advice with examples of where she or a friend encountered the exact same situation and dealt with it poorly or perfectly. The personal anecdotes make this more than just a how-to-guide. In the end the book is inspiring and helpful. I highly recommend this book for anyone thinking about camping with kids or who regularly camps with kids.