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Tales of travels begun with optimism and sometimes ending with vomiting, tears, or near- nervous breakdowns -- take your pick -- fill the new book "How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel," edited by Sarah Franklin (Seal Press, $15.95). Frankin tells of her own naiveté about travel with kids in the book's introduction: "My husband and I were that cliché of the 30-something childless couple, traveling here, there and everywhere, with just a copy of The New Yorker and the latest iPod as accessories. Trips we made from our home in Seattle include Alaska, Hawaii, England, Wales, California, New York and the foothills of the Canadian Rockies." Franklin and hubby would look at each other and say: "We can still do all this with the baby, you know. Yeah, we were that cliché, too." Their travels -- crossing the Atlantic four times with baby, Jonah -- inspired the collection of stories. -- The Fresno Bee, May 12, 2008

About the Author

Sarah Franklin is Director of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group, a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, and University Professor of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of many books, including Embodied Progress, Dolly Mixtures, and Biological Relatives.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052429
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Received this "How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel" as a gift and practically wet myself reading the stories. Some were seriously hilarious, some were ew-w-w, some were really quite touching.

This is the perfect book to take along on a trip, when you want only short easy things to read. And, maybe, reading about someone else's misadventures will make whatever problems you're facing seem minor in comparison.

Anyway, I always think that books make great gifts and this one would be perfect for mothers of small children. After receiving and reading it, I bought another copy for a friend. She immediately bought another copy for another friend.

It's that kind of book.
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I loved this book - it made me realize that a woman can be a mother and STILL maintain her sense of humor. The situations these women find themselves in are sometimes unfortunate, always embarrasing and never planned. But they all manage to survive it with a chuckle or two to share with the rest of us. It gives me hope. Definitely required reading if you are like me and trying to read everything possible to prepare for motherhood.
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I used to read a story from this book as I lulled my little girl to sleep and more often than not I woke her up as my body couldn't contain the laughter from these stories.
As a new parent reading becomes difficult if not impossible and these stories are short and fun.
Waiting for a sequel of stories ..
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Everyone has their traveling stories - the tales of hopeless airline snarls, getting lost with a little one and no time to spare on a road trip, or taking on the super-human effort of packing everyone in your family up for a vacation only to find out that the hotel never actually noted your reservation and doesn't, in fact, have a room for you. Those are the kinds of stories you'll laugh at in about five years. Or maybe ten.

With this delightful anthology, you get the laughs without the personal disasters and expense. How to Fit a Car Seat on a Camel is packed with stories that will ring true for anyone who has ever negotiated unfriendly traveling conditions, or companions. Have you ever found yourself playing Toddler Jukebox, non-stop, on a four hour roadtrip? Elrena Evans has, and informs you that you can sing "ABCB Spider" exactly 488 times. Ever found yourself identifying with Holly Korbey's husband when he suggested to his toddler that the reason behind the rain on the day of the Great Airplane Trip, two days before Christmas, was because God was laughing at Mommy so hard he was crying? The excellent essays include stories of all the travel extremes, from knotty airline travls during holidays to a week's vacation with three little ones to the beach, to a mommy-pilot taking her daughter on her first plane ride (as co-pilot, no less), to traveling Europe with a cranky teenager who refuses to speak English or pull out a map when lost - a sure givaway to the tourist status.

This book will give you a light dose of humor - and perspective, if you've been lucky enough to avoid such traveling misadventures. The best stories are the ones that everyone has experienced in some form or another, and this book won't disappoint.
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This is billed as a collection of humorous stories about traveling with kids. Some of the stories were funny, but most of them were totally painful. As in "I totally saw that coming" kind of painful (the kid who pukes if he's given milk on car trips has milk, then pukes). They were also almost stereotypical in their portrayal of "the kids are in charge" parenting (the parents who sing their daughter her favorite kiddy songs on demand for the entire 6 hours of their trip).Then there were the purely crazy (the ones who took their unvaccinated toddler to live in the Andes for 3 months and the ones who took a 4 month old baby canoeing down a river with whitewater). As a parent who has done their share of solo road trips with kids, international travel with kid, camping with kids and now an international move - with kids, I have to say I didn't really relate to most of these stories. Yes, it's different than traveling without kids. There will be stories for sure, but most of the so called disasters in this book were so avoidable it wasn't even funny.
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