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Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout

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Astrid is afraid of the dark and doesn't want to go on her family camping trip. But her twin brother, Apollo, is excited. When they encounter scary things such as crawly bugs and the creepy dark, Apollo helps his twin through them. And when they encounter the scariest thing of all, Astrid might just be the one to save the starry campout. ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published August 1st 2020 by Picture Window Books
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
That is so freaking cute!
All the family goals!
I absolutely love this book. It gave me all the right kind of feels when it comes to family and siblings.
This is a series. But I can rest assure you that you can read this as a standalone. In this one, Astrid and her family is going for camping and stay a night outside.
The cover is just eye-catching and adorable, the content illustration is no less! It gave me all the anime/animation vibes because you will know why it is so when you read this book!
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Matt
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, V.T. Binadia, Picture Window Books, and Capstone for providing Neo and me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

It’s always nice to be able to sit down with someone else and share the wonders of a good book. When Neo and I found this short chapter book by V.T. Bidania, we were pleasantly surprised at how well it flowed and held our attention. Astrid and Apollo are two children who love to have f
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Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
That is so freaking cute!
All the family goals!
I absolutely love this book. It gave me all the right kind of feels when it comes to family and siblings.
This is a series. But I can rest assure you that you can read this as a standalone. In this one, Astrid and her family is going for camping and stay a night outside.
The cover is just eye-catching and adorable, the content illustration is no less! It gave me all the anime/animation vibes because you will know why it is so when you read this book!
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Natalie
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This is an adorable book (part of a series but this is the first book I've read in the series) about twin siblings Astrid and Apollo and their family. They are everything a family should be - encouraging, comforting, full of praise and nurturing.
Astrid is scared about going camping as she thinks there will be mosquitos, bears and she is also afraid of the dark.
My daughter a
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Donna
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Cute easy reader with Hmong theme. Astrid and Apollo are twins. When the family decides to go camping, Apollo is excited, but Astrid is afraid. Friends have told her there are bears, it is dark, and the bathrooms are smelly. Things go well, but when night comes Astrid hears some strange noises. When she and her father check it out, they are surprised.
Back matter talks about popular Hmong foods and there is a glossary of terms.
Good story for overcoming fears, trying something new, and courage.

DRC
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Kristi Schonefeld
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for middle-grade levels and multicultural classrooms. I would even read this with my high school English Learners. There are cultural variations that make the book important when learning about the Hmong culture as well as Hmong students to identify with. The story is easy to read and understand with a connection to learning and deep conversation. The definitions at the beginning and end of the book are great for preteaching. The questions as the end are a little too easy an ...more
Eileen
4.5 stars

This was a really cute book with Hmong characters that had me smiling ear-to-ear. Although I am not Hmong (I am Taiwanese American), I am always happy to find books by Asian Americans that celebrate their culture and tell a good story while they're at it. This book is aimed at early readers (I'd say 1st-3rd grade) and is about Astrid and Apollo going camping with their family. I love the theme of Astrid being afraid at the beginning but learning how to face her fears through this experi
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Neo
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-me
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, V.T. Binadia, Picture Window Books, and Capstone for providing my dad and me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

It’s always nice to be able to sit down with someone else and share the wonders of a good book. When my dad and I found this short chapter book by V.T. Bidania, we were pleasantly surprised at how well it flowed and held our attention. Astrid and Apollo are two children who love to
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Vicky Fang
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ASTRID AND APOLLO is a great book for early readers - it’s relatable and fun! The story is about Astrid facing her camping fears with her twin brother, Apollo, and their family. With Hmong details woven into the story, kids will be exposed to small details of Hmong culture, from the characters’ names to the food they like to eat. I read this with my 4yo and 6yo boys, and they both thoroughly enjoyed it.
Pam
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Capstone through NetGalley.
Astrid and Apollo are twins who have their own interests. In this book, the family is going camping. Apollo is excited for this adventure; Astrid is scared and doesn't want to go. They both discover that camping is full of unexpected adventures and familiar family fun.
Bidania has created relatable characters that elementary readers will relate to. She defines some Hmong words to begin the book and provides information text at the end e
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Debbi Florence
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet & funny early cb for young readers about twin siblings who go on a family campout for the 1st time. Introduction of Hmong words & foods made this story even more special.
Katie Mac
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Recommended for grades 2-4. I can't think of many children's books that explore a Hmong-American family--I feel like I learned something while reading this because the author includes a list of Hmong words and facts at the beginning and the end of the book. The writing is concise in a way that would make this appropriate for younger readers, and the vibrant illustrations are compelling and add to the "kid appeal."
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Crystal
Review copy: Digital ARC via Netgalley

I will write a full review soon, but am so excited for this entire series. The first book is a simple family camping adventure complete with a few animal visitors. As the first traditionally published early chapter book series focused on a Hmong American family, this is sure to be popular in our community.
Kelly Port
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank-you to NetGalley and Capstone for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m always on the lookout for engaging books with teachable lessons for the young readers in my home. The first in the series, Astrid and Apollo and the Starry Campout by V.T. Bidania accomplishes both and enhances the story with Dara Lashia Lee’s vibrant illustrations.

On the cusp of a family camping adventure, Astrid finds herself distressed over being the woods in the dark - with bears. With the hel
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Elizabeth Bedia
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ASTRID AND APOLLO AND THE STARRY CAMPOUT is a marvelous chapter book about twins, Astrid and Apollo. It is the first book in this wonderful series. Astrid is nervous about her family's impending camping trip. As Astrid's fears about camping in great outdoors get the best of her - her twin, Apollo tries to calm her nerves. In the end, Astrid finds when she focuses on enjoying her family and all the fun adventures, her fears don't seem quite so big. Bidania beautifully weaves the Hmong culture and ...more
Anita Amin
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Astrid is anxious about her family's camping trip but the rest of her family - especially her twin brother Apollo - can't wait! This fun, adventurous chapter book is a wonderful, gentle introduction to the Hmong culture. All children will relate to the universal themes of family, bravery, and encouragement. As a mom of twins, I also love how this book shows the special bond between twins - competitive but supportive, and with individual personalities. There is a distinct contrast between anxious ...more
Carly
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't have loved this more! Not only is it set in Minnesota (win!) with Hmong characters (WIN WIN) but the story is engaging enough that I read it to six of my classes (first and second grade) without getting bored! The majority of my students loved the book, too, and the Hmong students I have were excited to see characters that represent them. Astrid and Apollo is a perfect example of what I call "Everyday Diversity" in books, not calling too much attention to cultural differences but slidin ...more
Katie Lawrence
This was a great beginning chapter book about a first camping trip. It reminded me so much of the one and only time I went camping haha. I loved that this featured a Hmong family and great detail about Hmong names, food, culture etc. The font size is large and sentences are shorter, so I think this would be a good read for readers transitioning from early readers to very basic chapters. Full color illustrations are a nice touch as well. Both V.T. Bidania and Dara Lashia Lee are Hmong, adding a g ...more
Kat Ice
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! This is a kids book so it was short and simple but still such a great story. It had amazing artistry throughout the book. With beautiful colors! It was nice to see such a grounded family. To see a little girl with fears that are very normal seems like it can really help growing girls in this day and age! Most kids books now a days are fantasy or something to make them think and I don't think that is a bad thing but I do think they need to see some examples of themselv ...more
Mary
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s good to see books written for children that introduce them to other cultures. I really like that this was a simple adventure of a family going camping - something most kids can identify with. Explaining the unique foods as well as pronunciations in the glossary is very helpful as most kids (and some adults) can be off put by their names alone. We need more stories like this that show how we are all not very different from each other.
I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in excha
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Megan Schmelzer
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Astrid and Apollo is a fun, twin duo of characters for emergent chapter book readers. Astrid and Apollo are on their way to a camping trip. They are so excited, yet scared of the unknown. Together, they conquer their fears and end up having a great time on their trip.

Astrid and Apollo is written at an easier text level. It does bring in a lot of multicultural aspects. Their family is from Laos, so they utilize vocabulary to represent their culture. I loved this aspect, and I think multicultural
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A.J. Irving
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
ASTRID AND APOLLO AND THE STARRY CAMPOUT is a delightful chapter book about twins Astrid and Apollo. In this first book of the series, Astrid is afraid of the dark and nervous about going on her first camping trip with her family. With the support of her brother, and buddy bravery at the scariest moment, Astrid puts her family over her fear and saves the trip. This book has lovely illustrations and masterfully weaves Hmong culture and language into the text. I can’t wait to read the rest of the ...more
Wendy Thomas
Thanks to Netgalley for this digital ARC. A very relatable tale about how scary it can be to try new things with a lot of support for emerging readers. Astrid and Apollo's family is Hmong and there is some fantastic backmatter as well as a vocabulary and pronunciation guide in the beginning that give cultural information. Looking forward to reading more in the series and sharing with young patrons! ...more
Abby Johnson
This is a cute, own-voices easy chapter book series about a Hmong family in Minnesota. Astrid & Apollo have small adventures in each one. Each volume includes details among Hmong culture and really great descriptions of food (or maybe I'm just hungry). Back matter include a pronunciation guide to Hmong words, discussion questions, and additional information about Hmong culture. The reading level's a step up from Katie Woo, but I'd try it on those kids who are ready for the next step. ...more
Ashley Dang
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun and sweet story about a little girl and her family going camping. I found the story to be quite charming and Astrid to be a really fun protagonist. I really liked the addition of facts and detailed photos of the popular hmong foods! A fun book to read and I am sure a lot of kids will enjoy this family adventure!
Michael Karg
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s easier to step out of your comfort zone surrounded by the comfort of loving family. Astrid would rather hide inside to venture into the great outdoors but what will she do when something strange and scary is going on outside her family’s tent? This sweet and gentle tale will leave early readers wanting to know more about Astrid and her whole family!
Kristen Schroeder
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a Minnesotan, this book felt like home. The camping, the outdoors, and the inclusion of Hmong characters and culture are all very Minnesotan. The siblings' relationship features prominently in this early chapter book (part of a series). ...more
Laura
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Astrid & Apollo is a welcome #ownvoices chapter book series featuring a Hmong family's outdoor adventures & cultural traditions. Filled with kid-centered hopes & fears, new readers will feel like part of the family. ...more
Mary
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute easy chapter book featuring Hmong twins, and their family. Nice story, good writing.
Steph
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adorable!!! Love the Hmong words and learning bits about Laos... and now I’m craving egg rolls. :-) Love this duo!
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