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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761126910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761126911
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5 Up-Charm marks this nostalgic look at girls' sleepaway camps. Pages of uncaptioned vintage photographs accompany glowing first-person remembrances by women who spent girlhood summers making lanyards and lifelong friends. Valuable as an oral and visual history of an experience common to many girls, the book is fun to browse. Though spread over the decades of the 20th century, the reminiscences are remarkably similar, both in terms of the activities recounted and in the personal growth achieved. Over and over, the interviewees recall camp as the place where they learned the value of personal discipline, were encouraged to try new things and set aside inhibitions, and began to realize their full potential. Kahn includes mystery meat, short-sheeted beds, sing-along songs, swimming, horseback riding, color wars, and s'mores, but friendship in an all-girl community is consistently the highlight of the experience here. So luminous are the descriptions that readers must conclude that no camper ever had a truly negative experience. Despite the emotional and visual appeal of Sleepaway, it is dedicated to a niche experience, and will be of limited value to most school libraries. Possibly of help to students seeking examples of oral-history projects, it may also appeal to readers who enjoy juvenile fiction set in camps, such as Kate Klise's Letters from Camp (1999) and Regarding the Fountain (1998, both Avon).
Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Laurie S. Kahn attended Camp Kear-Sarge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for nine years. She also attended the University of Wisconsin before coming to New York to work on Madison Avenue. She now bunks in Noyac, New York.

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I have had a copy of this book for three years now - and it the favored book by our CITs at resident camp.
S. Sargent
It's like an affirmation that you're not completely crazy, much like camp itself, where it's okay to be crazy and you'll still be accepted.
Selo
Here we have a book that every girl (now woman) who attended a residential summer camp will find fascinating.
Jeffrey Carter

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lolly on December 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
From the cover with the reminiscent red plaid sleeping bag graphics, to song lyrics, recipes, journal entries and photographs, this book speaks so perfectly to the universal appeal of all-girls camps in America. I was fortunate to have attended three years of girls camp & one of co-ed camp, and even the images that are 100 years old seemed to jump off the pages as if they were from my own memories from 15 years ago. I absorbed the pages voraciously, and immediately told my old camp bunkmate about the book. Wow. I cannot remember any other book touching my memories as personally, and intimately.
S'mores, campfires, secret rituals within our tribe, rifelry & archery, war canoe, trampoline, running around in our underwear, singing into broom handles, medals & awards ceremonies, vespers; All girls who've attended sleepaway camps have similar testimonies--only I didn't realize how similar until I read this book!
It is a wonderful gift, because it is an unexpected and pleasant reminder of a longed-for childhood gone by. It also reminded me that my own children should be afforded this same priviledge that I received! In my mid 30's I still sing my own silly camp songs as well as the ones my mother taught me from her Girl Scout camp days, and the ones Grandma taught her from her own camping memories. This book will help the traditions be preserved for another 100 years.
Bravo! Can I contribute to the next edition? I have hysterical photos of costumed talent shows from an era when imitating Madonna & the B52's were considered "talents!" LOL
You can't go wrong with this book, or with sending your daughters to Sleepover camps! :O)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. G Havemann on July 3, 2003
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Open this book and you will be hit instantly with the smells and sounds of piney cabins, iron bunk beds, quiet hour, grace sung before meals, campfires, swimming buddies, skinny dipping after dark, whispers in the night, and more. If you're like me, the best summers of your life will come spinning back gloriously. Filled with instantly recognizable pictures of campers in those dreadful uniforms that made dressing so quick and easy -- white shirts, dark bloomer-like shorts, and satin neckties -- all happily sharing experiences and friendships we'll never ever forget. Nostalgia never tasted so good! This book is for every woman who was once a girl who, as soon as school was out in June, packed her metal trunk and sent it off with the Railway Express man as she took a sleeper car train trip to the New England woods for an unforgettable, carefree eight weeks of making lanyards and ashtrays (!), passing swim tests, singing silly songs we still remember the words to, playing hares and hounds and color wars, liking chipped beef on toast, loving storms that blew rain through the cabin screens, washing our hair in the lake, crying at the final campfire. I want to track down every camp friend from 13 years at 6 different camps and show them this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2003
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This book brought back to life so many of my camp experiences. I send my children to the same camp that I went to and am fortunate enough to see alumni and keep in touch with camp friends. This book flew off the shelves of every bookstore in the Portland, Maine area this summer as everyone went in search of a copy. It is a fabulous book in which Laurie Kahn has brought to print all our wonderful camp memories. Read it - you might even see photographs of that camp where you spent your childhood summers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Pihl on July 30, 2004
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I went to a camp in the Pocanoes for 12 years, my daughter now goes to this very same camp! 90 years!! This summer, while spending a week with other alum from my camp, "Sleepaway" was recommended to me. This book, from cover to cover, perfectly summed up all our camp experiences. There are many, many pictues of campers all the way back to the early 1900's...very neat to see what camps looked like back then! We were excited to see our camp in there!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara C. Sher on December 31, 2003
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I am 15 years old right now, and i have been going to sleepaway camp for 3 years now. I went to camp not knowing many people, mabye 3 girls and now camp is something i can't live without! For four weeks, and starting summer '04 it will be eight weeks-i have thought about camp all year round. Camp is one magical place where you can get away, and this book captures that special feeling that camp gives you. For any camper old or new this book is amazing!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2003
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This book really took me back to the optimism of my youth and reminded me of what a fabulous life I used to have! You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll feel ten years old again! That is well worth the price of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LJB on June 28, 2003
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who wished the rest of life could be more like camp. This book was written for me and about my experiences. Most of the quotes were taken straight out of my brain. I am going to send a copy to all my camp friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Sargent on March 19, 2007
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I have had a copy of this book for three years now - and it the favored book by our CITs at resident camp. Several have received it as a graduation gift and they pass it around and around and around the unit. No matter what camp you go to - some things are universal.
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