Synopses & Reviews
Harshman (Only One Neighborhood) poet laureate of West Virginia offers a nostalgic tribute to summer get togethers as he and Palacios (Henry Holton Takes the Ice) follow the reunion of a large family for days of fishing camping storytelling and camaraderie. Written in bursts of unrhymed verse Harshman’s text shifts attention among the family members with most sentences concluding with an imperative verb. “When the sun grows hot/ and the water stays cold/ little brother says/ swim” he writes as young siblings and cousins jump into a pale blue river surrounded by forest. Palacios creates a strong resemblance across generations (there are both babes in arms and a great grandfather in attendance) giving the family’s members pale skin freckles and hair in the ambers reds and browns of marigolds. Throughout Harshman and Palacios celebrate the casual chaos of big family gatherings—patchwork quilts stretch across a spread as the kids pile together during a sleepover—and while some minor mishaps pop up the emphasis is on familial togetherness and the making of memories. Ages 4–8. Illustrator’s agent: Kendra Marcus Bookstop Literary Agency. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
A lovely celebration of family tiesWhen you have a big family, reunions can be loud and chaotic. But as this cheerful book demonstrates, they can also be tons of fun From canoeing down the river to getting chased by bees to telling ghost stories around the campfire, the reunion is filled with adventures for the whole family, even the pets But when the vacation comes to an end, will everyone be able to keep the memories they've shared?With sunny illustrations by Sara Palacios, Marc Harshman's winsome story evokes all the joys of summer vacation and family togetherness.