Sam and Char­lie (and Sam Too) at Camp!

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By – January 22, 2016

Char­lie and the two Sams are back and sum­mer­time is here. Char­lie and Sam are off to overnight camp, ready to become more inde­pen­dent, make new friends, show camp spir­it, share respon­si­bil­i­ties, encounter nature, and cel­e­brate a spe­cial shab­bat filled with expe­ri­ences long to be remem­bered. Jew­ish learn­ing is both overt and sub­tle. Each day of camp, yom” in Hebrew, is des­ig­nat­ed as yom one,” yom two,” etc. and a spe­cial sudsy camp activ­i­ty has the bub­bly name of yom foam.” Sam Too is too young to join the oth­ers at camp, but she writes let­ters to them and they include her in a spe­cial camp bay­it” (home camp) at the end of the sum­mer. The illus­tra­tions are appeal­ing, quirky, and expres­sive, adding to the fun. Easy read­ing, effort­less Jew­ish learn­ing, a taste of camp­ing adven­ture, and an all-around good time make this addi­tion to the series anoth­er win­ner. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 6 – 8.

Michal Hoschan­der Malen is the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A for­mer librar­i­an, she has lec­tured on top­ics relat­ing to lit­er­a­cy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.

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