Tagalong Caitlin

Children - Grade K-3rd
58 Pages
Reviewed on 07/13/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

In Tagalong Caitlin by Katie Lang-Slattery, Caitlin loves going to camp every summer. Her mother works there, so it’s not quite the same as if Caitlin is one of the campers. But she wants to fit in and she wants to go on the three-day hike with her mother and the older girls. Caitlin tries to convince her mother she is old enough and big enough to manage the long hike. What does Caitlin have to do to convince her mother and the other campers that she’s no longer the little tagalong Caitlin they like to tease? Tagalong Caitlin is the tale of one very determined little girl who’s not so little anymore.

Katie Lang-Slattery’s early chapter book, Tagalong Caitlin, is a sweet story about a little girl with great determination. The plot follows Caitlin’s arrival at camp and her desire to join the three-day hike. Her mother isn’t convinced, but that doesn’t stop Caitlin’s resolve to go. The conflict intensifies as her mother continues saying no. However, an incident at a campfire gathering escalates to a surprising climax. As Caitlin makes a plan and follows it through, she creates a lasting impression on both the adults and the older campers. The language is simple enough to help early readers improve their reading skills. There are some pen and ink drawings to help carry the story along. The dialogue is engaging, and the plot is moving and believable. This is a great story to inspire young readers to work toward their dreams and never give up.