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"Clements and Alley reunite to produce a strong companion title to Because Your Daddy Loves You (2005)...Sure to connect with children in many ways--the adventure of camping, learning how to do things all by oneself and conquering initial anxieties."--Kirkus

"The repetition in the text is engaging, and children will enjoy this tale of an adventurous day hiking and an overnight in a tent."--School Library Journal

"With tenderness and gentle humor, Alley's light-filled ink, watercolor, and acrylic illustrations capture the bond between mother and son."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Andrew Clements is the author of picture books and novels for young readers, including the perennial bestseller Frindle (Simon & Schuster.. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts.


R. W. Alley is the illustrator of many beloved books, including the Paddington Bear picture book series. He lives in Barrington, Rhode Island. Visit him at www.rwalley.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547255225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547255224
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 10.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of my characters are fairly normal people who are dealing with the basics of everyday life--getting along with others, finding a place in the world, discovering talents, overcoming challenges, trying to have some wholesome fun along the way, and getting into some scrapes and a little mischief now and then, too. I guess I hope my readers will be able to see bits and pieces of themselves in the stories, particularly the novels that take place in and around school. School is a rich setting because schools and education are at the heart of every community. The stories that are set in school seem to resonate with kids, teachers, parents, librarians--readers of all ages. Everyone's life has been touched by school experiences. And I also hope, of course, that kids and others will enjoy reading, enjoy the use of language, enjoy my storytelling.

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I so loved it I had to buy a copy for myself.
Damone
In a world full of hovering parents, it is nice to see a mom that allows their child to gain confidence is lessons learned and challenges faced.
Nancy
I enjoyed reading this to my boys, and more importantly, they loved listening to the story.
Maria

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When my children hit their early teens, they began to question why I did not do all the "stuff" for them that other moms did for their children. At the time, I did not have an answer that they would accept, the answer that involved learning lessons and becoming self-sufficient. When I came across this book, I had to share it with them.

They still wished that I had been the one to make their life easier, but with age comes wisdom and they are both glad that they were taught the life skills that make getting over their own hurdles that much easier.

While on a camping trip, the mommy in this story knows that it is her responsibility to raise an independent self-reliant young man. When her son faces a few challenges, like carrying his own pack, crossing a wobbly log, or setting up a tent - tasks that she could easily do for him, but she doesn't - she decides to let her son challenge his own boundaries and with minimal help, mom and son can both celebrate in a job well done.

I loved this book and the life lessons that it teaches. In a world full of hovering parents, it is nice to see a mom that allows their child to gain confidence is lessons learned and challenges faced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damone on May 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Our librarian read this book to the kids at library hour before Mother's day. I so loved it I had to buy a copy for myself. It's very rare that mom is portrayed in a nontraditional role. In my home I am the one drags us camping all summer long and can't wait to take my kids on their first backpacking trips. I also appreciate how the author reinforces how a mommy can lovingly foster independence in your child. It's a great read that both of my preschoolers enjoyed, maybe mom little more so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carol on May 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Quote from the first pages of the book
" When you get lost in the camping store, and you call out, MOMMY, your mommy could say, "Its all right, I'm coming to find you!" but she doesn't."
next page ...
"She calls your name, and you follow the sound of her voice"
next page...
"When you find her, you get a big hug, after you promisee not to wander off again."
Well, this just turned me right off, right away. Having "lost" a child in a store, (even if they are right behind you) is a pretty terrifying thing for both parent and child. You aren't worrying about who is calling , mom or child, you just want that child there. This book was given to my daughter and she also commented on this, without me mentioning it.
I liked the rest of the book: the premise is self reliance. Just didn't like the opening.
Not a favorite book. I know I go against the grain of the other reviews, and bought the book on this fact, but we have so many other great children's books out there. (imho, and its just my own opinion,for what it is worth.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brimful Curiosities on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In this book, a mother and son embark on a camping trip together. The child encounters a few difficulties along the way, and the mother helps her young son overcome adversity without stepping in and doing everything for him. When the boy gets lost in the store, she doesn't go rushing after him but has him follow her voice back, gives him a hug and asks him to promise not to wander off. When the boy tires while hiking, she doesn't offer to carry his backpack for him but instead they take a snack break before continuing up the trail. R.W. Alley's colorful watercolor, ink and acrylic illustrations portray lovely outdoor scenes set in a national forest complete with a rainbow sunset and a cozy star lit evening.

The mom in this book certainly maintains a hands-off parenting style throughout the book, though she still snuggles and offers comforting support, especially at bedtime. The book is a good reminder to parents that it is important to instill in children a sense of responsibility, even at an early age. While this book is definitely an appropriate read for all families, it is an especially good choice for single parent families as it portrays only a mother and son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading this to my boys, and more importantly, they loved listening to the story. Both kids (ages 3 and 6) sat quietly through the whole book, listening to the story and checking out the cute illustrations. I found it easy to identify with the mom character and learned a few lessons myself while reading it. This is a keeper for sure.
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