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.