So many things to do in the great outdoors!
Even when it rains, Hazel and her sister, Tilly, enjoy camping with Mom and Dad. They can eat marshmallows for breakfast, splash in the puddles and run through the wet grass. Tilly encounters a green frog that apparently has the same idea. They can even get really muddy without getting in trouble. And Hazel does, wearing her red boots and a raincoat decorated with big poppies (Tilly's is dotted with huge daisies). Tilly watches a caterpillar for a long time, while Hazel chases white moths and sneaks up on a gray rabbit. Dad blows up two yellow tubes so the girls can go swimming in the river. (They can bathe with the fishes!) After dinner, the family takes a walk in the woods, where they spot a very still deer, which might be listening for them. After the sun goes down, there are a million fireflies to see. Before bedtime, Dad makes popcorn and Mom tells a story by the campfire. Dad lights the lantern in Tilly and Hazel's tent, and crickets sing them to sleep. "Hazel loves camping. Tilly loves camping." Lee's childlike watercolors are in sweet harmony with her text, which is both evocative and simple enough for early readers, without a superfluous word.
Just right. (Picture book. 3-6)