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At summer camp, Carly and Sara quickly bond over a love of singing and other shared interests, but Sara mistakes Carly's excitement over her surname as teasing, not knowing that it gives them something else in common.

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Jacqueline Jules is an award-winning author and poet. Her many children's books include The Hardest Word (National Jewish Book Award finalist), Happy Hanukkah Lights, and Picnic at Camp Shalom. She lives in northern Virginia.

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"At camp, Carly and Sara bond over shared activities and interests. All is well until Sara gets a letter from home that reveals her last name to be 'Frankfurter.' She mistakes Carly's excitement for teasing and avoids her until Carly finds as opportunity to explain that her own last name is 'Hamburger.' The girls conclude that while their names may cause teasing at school, at camp they are just what is needed for the weekly picnic. Despite the slightly contrived plot, this is a pleasant friendship story with a strong sense of place. The summer-camp experience is celebrated, from scavenger hunts to water sports to crafts to whispering after lights out. A uniquely Jewish experience is highlighted in the depiction of a dining hall Shabbat. However, the universal theme of the ups and downs of friendship makes the book appealing for children of all backgrounds. The colorful cartoon illustrations are playful and relaxed, warm, and full of humorous detail. The campers all appear to be Caucasian, limiting the book's inclusiveness for Jews of color. Characters' mainstream dress style implies non-Orthodox Judaism. A good choice for fans of friendship stories, summer-camp aficionados, and Jewish readers in general." --School Library Journal

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"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

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"When Carly meets Sara at Camp Shalom, she thinks they could be twins--both have the same bathing suit, are assigned to the same cabin, and share a love of music. Then Carly laughs at Sara's last name (Frankfurter), and it seems their friendship is over. Apologies and explanations do no good until finally Carly reveals her own surname (Hamburger), and all is forgiven in time for the Sunday picnic. Melmon's colorful illustrations depict standard camp events--swim tests in the lake, capturing the flag, late-night bunk conversations--as well as the details of Shabbatas celebrated at Camp Shalom. Although the setting and Judaica information make this more appropriate for religious collections, Jules keeps the story focused on a more universal theme--the girls' budding friendship and the misunderstandings that complicate it. Unlike most sleepaway-camp books for this age, this one is reassuring and positive, especially for firsttime campers. For a more humorous take on camp, try Marla Frazee's A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever (2008)." --Booklist

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