Camille's Team

PreS-K—While at the beach with her mother, Camille decides to build a fort. She is soon joined by three friends who begin making their own small forts in the sand. After a wave washes all their efforts away, Camille comes up with a plan: working together to build one big fort, and it attracts the attention of other children on the beach. When asked who built it, the Big Fort Team happily takes credit. Full-color illustrations show cartoon-style animals learning about cooperation. Four inset pictures with bold captions—"make a plan," "work together," "share the fun," "cooperate"—reinforce the steps demonstrated in this simple story. These insets are repeated with four follow-up questions in "A Closer Look" in the back matter. This small picture book is useful for teachers, but it is an additional purchase.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Camille (some sort of horned animal) and her friends compete in sandcastle-building, then realize they should work together (Team). Percy (who looks like a giraffe) is grouchy, but feels better the next day (Upset). The texts, featuring short sentences, are accessible, but the too-obvious messages won't resonate with children outside of therapeutic situations. Pictures aimed at visual learners, including inset panel illustrations, help tell the stories. Review covers these Stuart J. Murphy I See I Learn titles: Camille's Team and Percy Gets Upset.

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