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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammel (Illustrator)

Review: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammel (Illustrator)

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammel (Illustrator) is a great book for summer reading. This one was a "Mama Pick" rather than an "Irene Pick", but both of us enjoyed The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant.  Why?  The cover with the groovy multi-colored station wagon is one reason, and another is because I admire the author Cynthia Rylant's body of work and spotted this one as one I'd missed.

The relatives of the story get up early one summer morning, and drive from their home in Virginia to their relatives home across the state. They literally move in with their relatives for the summer. Much joy is had over the following weeks. Picnics, singing, and good old-timey summer fun is had by all. However, as fall approaches the relatives must pack up their retro-station wagon, and return home to Virginia in time to harvest their grapes.

The story is filled with family fun. I love that you see multiple generations of the family interacting and having a good time.  Children need to see more of this in literature.   If you are a parent who is looking for stories with traditional family values The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant fits the bill, and Stephen Gammel's illustrations only add to the story. Irene and I highly recommend The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant.

Summary Courtesy: Goodreads
In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer they tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries and melons. They plucked banjos and strummed guitars.

When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be together next summer.

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