"My aunt Jackie invited me to go camping with her and my cousin Samantha this weekend. I’ve never been camping before, but I know I will love it." Ernestine is beyond excited to go camping. She follows the packing list carefully (New sleeping bag! New flashlight! Special trail mix made with Dad!) so she knows she is ready when the weekend arrives.
But she quickly realizes that nothing could have prepared her for how hard it is to set up a tent, never mind fall asleep in it, or that swimming in a lake means that there will be fish — eep! Will Ernestine be able to enjoy the wilderness, or will it prove to be a bit too far out of her comfort zone? In an energetic illustrated story about a first sleepover under the stars, acclaimed author-illustrator Jennifer K. Mann reminds us that opening your mind to new experiences, no matter how challenging, can lead to great memories (and a newfound taste for s’mores).
"Ernestine is definitely out of her comfort zone ('It’s so quiet. And big. It smells like trees, and fire, and dirt'). Using first-person narration and balloon dialogue, Mann takes Ernestine and readers through a journey of rude shocks and newfound resilience toward mastery.... Mann wisely refrains from tying up her story with a big ribbon, but readers will understand what Ernestine knows: the world looks different after a wonderful adventure." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Author||Jennifer K. Mann|
|Illustrator||Jennifer K. Mann|
|Publication Date||Apr 14, 2020|