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The Kids Campfire Book: Official Book of Campfire Fun Paperback – June 30, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (June 30, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550745395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550745399
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up?Families who camp, school classes that make treks to outdoor sites, and scout and youth group leaders will find this book to be a detailed compendium for safe, environmentally friendly, and joyous campfire experiences. Guidance is offered for selecting a location; creating wax firestarters (with adult guidance); and building, burning, and dousing campfires. Tips for seating, singing, cooking, storytelling, and conducting science demonstrations are included; fire, hatchet, knife, and cooking safety are given good coverage. Special features include making cooking utensils out of green wood, identifying night sounds, observing and identifying creatures by the shape and glow of their eyes, and both beautiful and silly songs complete with guitar cords. Peppy black-and-white pencil sketches appear throughout. No other current title offers so much information about creating a successful evening in camp.?Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4^-6. Whether readers are novice or experienced campers, the information presented in this in-depth exploration of camping will make their next excursions into the woods enjoyable, successful, and safe. A wide variety of pertinent topics is included: how to select the right wood for the specific type of fire that is being built; recipes for food to cook over an open fire; games to play; songs, complete with the music and lyrics, to sing; ghost stories for spine-tingling telling; helpful hints for interacting--or not--with wildlife and insects; guides to viewing the night sky; and the appropriate gear for sleeping under the stars. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout the lively, readable text. Safety precautions and the need for adult supervision and/or assistance are mentioned when necessary. Similar in format to books in the Brown Paper Schoolbook series, this extensive guidebook will entice young readers to pack up their camping equipment, gather up their friends, and head for the nearest campground--even if it is only the backyard. April Judge

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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has children.
Penny Law
We have been camping for generations and everyone enjoyed the games we tried from the book.
Doreen O'donovan
It's cute and has a lot of fun activities, recipes and songs for them to sing.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 21, 2003
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I just bought this recently, and it is much better than I even expected. I have a bunch of camping books in my library, and this one is better than many more expensive adult books. It has great advice even for adults, but is indespensible for camping with kids. It teaches you how to build a fire safely, cooking on the fire, (great kid favorites recipes), dealing with bugs, how to pick a camp site, what kind of Lots of safety tips too. The fun drawings make this a pleasure as well.
The authors show you how to make a reflector oven. The main feature if this book is the fun activities for around the fire such as stories songs, games, etc. Teaches kids how to identify the stars easily and even identify features on the face of the moon. I plan to use this with our Cub Scouts.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Rita M. Brown on March 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a girl scout leader and was looking for a book to help me on my first trip with young children (grades 2-4). It provided me with useful recipes for cooking on coals, cooking in a pit, or even a reflector oven. This book has many good suggestions for campfire games and even activities that can be used for achieving try-its or even junior level badges. Summer stargazing and moonwatching are covered in detail. This is a great book for beginners or experienced campers. You must have this book if you enjoy the outdoor overnight experience.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"The Kids Campfire Book" is a wonderful collection of all sorts of things kids want to know and do with campfires: building a fire, songs, star gazing, stories, recipes and lots more. The illustrations are clear and charming! I've used it with Cub Scouts and at a lake cabin, and it adapts to any similar situation. A good resource for anyone camping or enjoying a campfire with kids.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ida H. Lively on December 4, 2002
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This book flows like the campfire. From gathering the supplies, to lighting the fire, to the blaze, to the dieing fire, to the embers it's an enjoyable experience.
It has lots of activities: stories, songs, skits, etc. to make your campfire an enjoyable experience.
I wish I had owned this book when I taught a Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation for teaching Cub Scout Adults about making a successful overnight campout.
This book has been added to my library and will be suggested at all future BALOO trainings.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Penny Law on May 9, 2007
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When our family decided to go camping this year, I felt a little bit overwhelmed with the idea that my 5 year old son would not have anything to do. I went on line and bought several books about camping with children and found that this was my most helpful It not only covers the basics like making a fire and food preparation but also the fun side of camping like the games and sing alongs. It gave me a refresher course on camping and at the same time opened up the door to have some camping fun! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has children. I can't wait until we go on our trip next month. This book has given me so many ideas that I know my son will not be bored.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hi D on July 22, 2004
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I recieved this book in the mail... Then used it two hours later that is how useful it was for me... If I could give it 10 stars I would. It is written in a way that is easy to understand so that if you wanted to give it to a child you could, yet it is comprehensive enough for an adult... I would rate this as a good use of my money...
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Lots of info for camping.

I used to build the fire as a kid so that I know, but if you don't, lots-tons of information on that. Camp songs we used to sing along with guitar chords included, but it also suggest playing any portable instrument. And ghost stories as well as camp fire games and some help on recognizing the sky at night, different types of trees and which animals may be watching you in the dark.

Got desserts fixed up for you in the book too.

This would be a fun book for camping in the house and or in the backyard too, before braving the wilderness or campground with your young kids. You can choose different activities to try out first.

Interesting that even little kids think that the camping in this book is the real camping and not sitting in your cabin watching videos-which a little kid told me after being taken to the cabin for his first camping trip. "Where's the fire outside and the singing around it?" he asked. I agreed with him. Poor kid.

This book will help you provide that experience.

Fun book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Letter Size on December 25, 2013
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It's a great book for what to do around the campfire, not how to go camping.

For what it does, it does a great job.
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