This is a great book and an easy to read book for children as well. Cam and Eric want to play baseball in the park and need to find their ball. Cam is called Cam because she says "click" and usually remembers things. It is short for camera. When the ball gets lost, Cam must use her memory in order to find it.
Reading Level- Early Curricular uses- Read aloud Literary elements- pictures support the text very well
* questions on back of page to help students remember what they read
My six year old loved this story because 1) it is funny that the old man didn't know that he had the wrong ball; 2) it is funny when Eric stepped in the puddle; and 3) it makes him happy that the kids don't give up looking for the ball.
We've read most of the stories in the Young Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler and Susanna Natti. They are perfect for beginning readers, with short, entertaining narratives and colorful illustrations. Our oldest really enjoys the memory quizzes at the end of the books, too.
This is a fun tale about a missing baseball, and Cam solves the mystery with her amazing photographic memory, as always. We enjoyed reading this book together.
As I read the ending of this book, I found myself wishing I'd had a chance to solve it myself. I know the books have to be kept short, but sometimes giving us all the clues so we can guess the end for ourselves would be a good idea, and a way to keep the books more exciting.
On the other hand, it's still a good book and was a lot of fun to read. I love Cam Jansen!
# 5 in series. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball #6 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown # 7 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie #8 Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Carnival Prize #9 Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Monkey House #10
The Young Cam Jansen series is perfect for the transitional reader, not yet ready for longer chapter books. But with this one, I wish there were more clues for the reader to use to figure out the mystery.
Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then-three-year-old nephew inspired Adler to write his first story, A Little at a Time, subsequently published by Random House in 1976. Adler's next project, a series of math books, drew on his experience as a math teacher. In 1977, he created his most famous character, Cam Jansen, originally featured in Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, which was published that year.
Adler married psychologist Renee Hamada in 1973, and their first child, Michael, was born in 1977. By that time Adler had taken a break from teaching and, while his wife continued her work, he stayed home, took care of Michael, and began a full-time writing career.
Adler's son, Michael S. Adler, is now the co-author of several books with his father, including A Picture Book of Sam Adams, A Picture Book of John Hancock, and A Picture Book of James and Dolly Madison. Another son, Edward, was the inspiration for Adler's Andy Russell series, with the events described in the series loosely based on adventures the Adler family had with Edward's enthusiasm and his pets.
As of November 2008, Adler has three sons and two grandsons. He lives in Woodmere, New York.