The Cookcamp

The Cookcamp

eBook - 2003
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During World War II, a little boy is sent to live with his grandma, a cook in a camp for workers building a road through the wilderness. When?: World War II Where?: A cookcamp in the Canadian woods Why?: He's not really sure. One summer, a 5-year-old boy goes to live with his grandmother in a cookcamp. The camp is home to 9 men who are building a road through the woods. The boy misses his mother, but at the same time the camp becomes home--a special home where he learns to spit and rides the tractor. It's a wonderful summer, but then he lets slip to his grandmother about "Uncle Casey" and she writes seven letters to his mother. Seven letters that she mails "good and hard." A short while later, the boy returns home.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, [2003]
Edition: First Scholastic trade pbk. printing, June 2003
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780545748254
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (115 pages)


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Aug 29, 2016

Aimed at young readers, but with subtle emotions many of them will understand. The unnamed 5 yr old narrator is sent, in 1944, to stay with his grandmother in a road-building camp "Up North" in MN. His father's at war, and his mother's working in a factory. The amusing, and heartbreaking, prolog explains the real reasons he's being sent away. He settles in, but misses his mother, and inadvertently tells his grandmother the real story. She writes "hard" letters to her daughter, and mother and son are reunited, not without pain for grandmother and grandson, who have grown to love each other. A beautiful, nuanced book. I'm the grandmother's generation, and I loved it. This is a book to read aloud to five year olds, and to be read themselves by 10-12 year olds. Could be a class project, with its lessons about WW II, and the values of family and hard work. All is subtly done. I'll want to read everything else of Paulsen's I can get my hands on.

jclterrib Feb 13, 2014

First in the Grandmother trilogies by Gary Paulsen. Very moving.


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