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Mar 06 2017

Happy Campers by Yvette Poshoglian

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Ill. by Danielle McDonald. Ella and Olivia series, bk 18. Scholastic Australia. 2017. ISBN 9781760157210
(Age: 5-7) Recommended. Ella and Olivia are sisters and best friends. Ella is seven years old and Olivia is five-and-a-half years old, they live with their mum, dad, and little brother Max. The girls are very excited about their big summer camping trip. They are sharing their fun holiday with their identical twin cousins, their aunty and uncle, even Bob the puppy is included.
When the family car is packed to overflowing with the tent, bags, camping gear, fishing rods and the totem tennis equipment, Dad realises they need a bigger vehicle. Luckily, Nanna and Grandad have a kombi van big enough for the family and all the gear.
After a long drive, Ella and Olivia help set up the tent and unload the van then it is time to play with Josh and Charlie. Climbing tall trees, sausage sizzles, toasting marshmallows, playing jokes and fun games of totem tennis make this a great start to the holiday.
The Ella and Olivia series are written specifically for young readers who are beginning to read enjoy simple plots and relatable characters. The extremely large font and line drawings support the transition from picture book to beginning novel. This is the eighteenth book in this popular series.
Rhyllis Bignell

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