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Grade Levels: 4-6

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Childhood Favorites
If Joy, our eldest, were to list her favorite childhood titles, these would be at the top of her list. She read and reread them so many times we became accustomed to finding them scattered throughout the house, warehouse, and barn. A couple of them even weathered a rainy night or two under the trees, but because they were so beloved, and because they were out of print, she dried them out and read them again, wrinkled pages and all.

Hilarious Antics of Forest Life
What a thrill to discover that the entire series has recently been republished! If you have children who enjoy true-life nature tales featuring humorous animal anecdotes, then they are in for a treat. Beginning in 1943, the author, Sam Campbell, set out to write twelve exciting and entertaining books about the hilarious antics of North American forest life. These true-life adventure tales have broad appeal, entertaining young children and adults alike.

A Painless, Memorable Way to Learn About Wildlife
It has been amusing for me to see our youngest enjoying these books as much as our oldest did and to experience again the wonder and excitement as she recounts episode after episode to me, often ending her recital with “Mom, you really should read these books again!” What a painless, memorable way to teach a child about the everyday life of common wild animals.

Suitable for the Whole Family
While these are wholesome stories, because they were targeted towards a secular market they do include a few comments that are more man/nature-centered than we care for and words such as lucky or magic which I would just as soon not see in a child's book. But I think these quibbles are more indicative of the era the books were written in than an intent to corrupt the reader. With few exceptions, the reading level is fourth to sixth grade, but the content is suitable for the whole family.

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Author: Sam Campbell
Pages: 2310 total (12-volume set)
Binding: Softcover
Copyright: 1972
Publisher: AB Publishing
Made In: USA

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Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

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Wonderful, refreshing, humorous, rich March 2, 2012
Reviewer: April D Pappas from Myrtle Creek, OR United States  
This series is wonderful.  They have been a great addition to our library.  The kids always go to bed with books and my 9 yr. old daughter has read six of the twelve books since Christmas. My son  began reading them at a little slower pace (he is younger ). We read together every day and when it came time to choose a new book to read my son was the first to say that he wanted to read the Sam Campbell "How's Inky" book again with me.  After reading the first of twelve books, I can see why they like them so much.  Beautifully written and rich in vocabulary.   Many of the words like pandemonium or bewilderment are described as you read.   After reading one chapter my children were able to write a two paragraph report on porcupines.  The neat thing about  these books is that you can learn about animals, people, and relationships without that "textbook" dry reading.  They are definitely "Living Books."  Classics!

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Great Books! January 12, 2011
Reviewer: Cari Dierking from Simpsonville, SC United States  
My nine year old son really likes these books, so I asked him to tell me what he likes about them.  He said they are stories about real people and are actually quite funny and very exciting.  He feels they are good stories for anyone, but would be excellent for someone who really likes animals.  The price for the set is great for twelve books and my son says that he would highly recommend these books for nature lovers.

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Delightful collection of stories!! October 27, 2008
Reviewer: Linda B. from Port Republic, VA  
This series is a delightful collection of stories. They are most suitable to be read aloud because they are written at a higher reading level and contain philosophical musings.  My 11 year old son and I look forward to reading from theses books nearly every day.

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High quality stories October 17, 2008
Reviewer: Carla G. from Noblesville, IN  
The Sam Campbell's Wildlife Series consists of high quality stories for children who love nature.  My children love hearing about the adventures of the animal characters, and as a parent, I appreciate the more advanced vocabulary and writing style as compared to many modern novels.

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