Picnic at Camp Shalom

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

When Carly unthinkingly makes fun of Sara’s last name at mail call, her bunkmate refuses to be consoled. But their mutual love of music brings harmony to Shabbat dinner as well as to their friendship, and Carly finally gets the chance to reveal a secret of her own.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-01-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039060, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 560
Guided Reading Level L
ATOS Reading Level 2.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 147411
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


Jewish Book World

“Campers Carly and Sara become fast friends. Carly volunteers to bring Sara her mail, and she is very excited to learn that Sara’s last name is ‘Frankfurter.’ But when she says ‘like the hot dog,’ Sara is insulted and does not want to be friends. As the campers eat lunch and participate in activities, Sara avoids Carly. When their bunk practices to sing after the Shabbat dinner, Sara is still distant. As the camperrs enjoy Shabbat dinner, the counselor suggests that Carly introduce herself and Sara before they sing a duet. When Sara hears that Carly’s last name is ‘hamburger, like chopped meat.’ she realizes that Carly was not making fun of her, and the girls enjoy the Sunday picnic together. Friendship and Jewish camping are highlighted, and Deborah Melmon’s adorable color illustrations complement the text. While describing friendships and full days of camp, there is also a lesson to be learned about dealing with friends and trying to make things right after an unfortunate faux pas. The counselor encourages Carly to ’give Sara some space,” rather than force a face-to-face confrontation. The book can also be used for a language arts exercise in finding similar or opposite last names (Black, White; Silverman, Goldman). This book would serve as a wonderful introduction for a new camper, Jewish or not." —Jewish Book World


“Unlike most sleepaway-camp books for this age, this one is reassuring and positive, especially for firsttime campers.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“The universal theme of the ups and downs of friendship makes the book appealing for children of all backgrounds…. A good choice for fans of friendship stories, summer-camp aficionados, and Jewish readers in general.” —School Library Journal

Author: Jacqueline Jules

Jacqueline Jules is an award-winning author and poet. Her many children's books include The Hardest Word (National Jewish Book Award finalist), What a Way to Start the New Year! A Rosh Hashanah Story, and Moses and the Runaway Lamb. She lives in Long Island, New York.

Illustrator: Deborah Melmon

Deborah Melmon has been a freelance illustrator in the San Francisco Bay area for over 30 years. Among her many picture books are Picnic at Camp Shalom, Speak Up, Tommy, One Good Deed, and Chicken Soup, Chicken, Soup. Deborah lives with a comical Airedale Terrier named Mack.