Let's Go Camping

The Clearing

Children - General
50 Pages
Reviewed on 01/02/2015
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Author Biography

The experience of raising three children in the Pacific Northwest, and being a grandfather has inspired my writing. Observing my children's interaction with nature while living on the bay surrounded by sea life, living in the country with mountains, rivers, and wildlife, provided an abundant supply of writing material. I write my stories to help nurture an appreciation for nature and wildlife.

My background includes a B.S. Degree, Everett School District Science Advisory Committee, PTA, District Planning Team, accounting manager, special agent in Federal law enforcement, songwriter, and artist.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Three brothers, Graham, Cameron and Ian, receive great news when their parents allow them to go on a solo camping trip in the Cascade Mountains near their home outside of Seattle, Washington. Initially disappointed because their dad says no, they can’t believe it is actually good news because he will take them the following weekend in Let’s Go Camping: The Clearing by Stephen George. All week long, the boys prepare what they will need to take for a successful trip. Friday afternoon finally arrives and the family packs the van and heads to the clearing where the boys will set up camp. Unfortunately, their excitement and lack of coordination with one another made the unpacking a bit disorganized and they spent the first night without a fire. Common sense and tremendous ingenuity bring great success the next day, though, and they have a wonderful time exploring the area. The trip is full of excitement and even some danger involving wild animals and a severe storm, but when it is all over, the boys know that they will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.

Stephen George has captured the love of camping that these three brothers share and the excitement they feel as they prepare for their first solo trip. In an easy to read style, the story unfolds with the boys acting like typical brothers and doing things carefully but not perfectly. It demonstrates problem solving and navigating interpersonal relationships while providing a fantastic view of the outdoors and the enjoyment of nature. Let’s Go Camping: The Clearing is an enjoyable look at a world that many kids don’t get the chance to see first-hand.

Robert Bangstrum

Great story. I feel like I was there. A lot of adventure for most ages. Excitement with humor through out the story. Also, the wildlife facts that are woven into this story adds educational value while entertaining the reader or listener.