Thursday, May 3, 2012

THURSDAY'S Picture Book of the Week: "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant

"The relatives' station wagon: it smelled like a real car, looked like a rainbow, and was roomy enough for a crowd.  Lucky! Because a big crowd in all shapes and sizes piled into that old wagon at four o'clock one summer morning and piled out of it the next day at their relatives' place on the north side of the mountains. All in good moods.

The visitors settled in everywhere throughout the house, laughing and making music and hugging everyone from the kitchen to the front room. And they stayed for weeks.

Cynthia Rylant's words and Stephen Gammell's pictures take warm delight in the time the relatives came -- when two sides of a family made one roomy middle."

This book takes me back to my own childhood and the summer vacations we took in our old station wagon.  I remember leaving our house very early in the morning. It was still dark outside. We drove for two or more days to get to Utah from south Texas.  I can't say we were all in "good moods" when we arrived, but we were sure happy to be out of the car, finally!  This book is sure to bring back fond memories of vacations spent with loving relatives!

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