In Susan Gal's delightful young-concept book, a family travels "up" a mountain, "over" a bridge, and "under" a canopy of trees to reach their campsite in the great outdoors. A forest hike offers more opportunities to showcase words that describe spacial relationships and show young readers where they are in the world. "Beside" a lake "Next to" a waterfall "On top of" a mountain Then after the sun slips "behind" the hills, they'll snuggle "alongside" each other and dream sweet dreams "inside" their tent "among" the trees.
Gal's pictures capture all the beauty of the natural world. And she's included a humorous cast of animal characters on a parallel journey of their own, so the art is full of funny things to spot.
This is a gem of a story for parents and teachers to share with their happy campers.
About the Author
Susan Gal is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and has written widely on questions of language, politics, and gender in East Central Europe. Gail Kligman is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has written widely on culture, politics, and gender in East Central Europe. Gal and Kligman are coeditors of "Reproducing Gender: Politics, Publics, and Everyday Life after Socialism."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2011:
“An effervescent celebration of an overnight camping trip, with all the prepositions highlighted.”