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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...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 31st 1993 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1985)
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Summary: From School Library Journal
The title of Rylant's exuberant tale is an understatement, for when "those relatives" came, they came en masse and they came for an extended stay. Their anticipation at seeing kin during their long, long drive and finally hugging them "against their wrinkled Virginia clothes" set the tone for this welcome family reunion, a visit that never wears thin. The relatives are depicted as a support system to help a fatherless family with all the things that need to be...more
NS Kelley
I really enjoyed this story. It is a about a large family who live in two different places. They come to visit each other once a year. The author starts out the book describing one family (from Virgina) packing up their things and piling into a car together to drive all day and night to see the other part of their family. Once they arrive they are so estatic to see each other that they can't stop hugging or talking with each other. It talks about how they make room to house both families. The au...more
Deana Youkhana
The whole family is together again, which adds to the already big family. Dinner gets complicated and the family has to eat in shifts. There is not enough food for all to have a good helping. Bedtime and sleeping gets complicated when there are piles of people everywhere in every bed in the house. Even though there's a big mess of family all over the place, there is a lot of love and hugs.

The pictures are vibrant and full of many colors. The lines on the page outline the main objects in the pic...more
This book reminds of when I was little and we would go on trips to visit family, and we always left early in the morning. You can feel the anticipation of getting to the place and the love you feel once you get there. Everyone helps each other by fixing things, and tending to the garden. When the relatives left the house was quiet and empty, everyone had gotten used to the crowd of people, but vacations have to end. The illustrations are happy and bring more to the story, so much going on in eac...more
I have been reading-and rereading-The Relatives Came repeatedly over the past week. Cynthia Rylant's prose is like simple poetry both lyrical and humorous. It has been a pleasant release from the stress of the holidays. I've read a number of other similar books as well by other authors this week but this was the one that "worked" for me.
Kelly Borton
This is a story many can relate to as a family travels from Virginia by car for hours to visit Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. It reminds me of my days of looking forward to our family reunions. The excitement, hustle and bustle of getting there. Plus, the interactions with family of enjoying meals, music, and telling stories. I most enjoyed Rylant's description of the settings and how she takes a family trip and makes it come to life. She uses sensory words that build a picture in the reader's eye...more
I was delighted to open up this picture book and find illustrations rendered in pure colored pencil. I'm trying to read a hundred picture books by June, and currently I 'm somewhere in the seventies, and this is the first picture book I've come across that's done all in colored pencil. So that was really neat!

The story is so interesting to me, in terms of writing, because there is no standard conflict and resolution plot line; rather, the book is a slice of life story about relatives coming to s...more
Melissa Desi
The Relatives Came is a Caldecott Honor award winning picture book intended for children three to eight years old. The story tells the tale of a large family driving many miles to gather with their relatives for the summertime. There are lots of hugs, laughing and smiles. The large family also helps with chores around the house.

I rated the book four stars. There wasn't too much of a complicated plot, and the characters weren't very well defined. However, I love the imagery that was portrayed and...more
Jun 26, 2013 June rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: family requests
I love this celebration of family. I use to show the filmstrip, when we did those during story time. However, my group at story time was just as entranced with the book. (Though the illustrations of the moon were a huge hit with one boy.)7/11/12

Used in story time again this year.
You've traveled. You've stayed with relatives. They've traveled. They've stayed with you. You know about sleeping on the floor and getting to knows cousins and kooky folks. Read it and love it. Beautifully illustrated.
Colin E.c.
I like that they're going to visit someone. I like the old station wagon and the food that they have and the way they sleep.
Ally Copper
"The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant is a feel-good story about a family that simply delights in getting together for a reunion that lasts for weeks and weeks. A group of relatives travel up from Virginia to an undisclosed location to stay with family. Readers are awash in the love the members of this big extended family feel for each other. At one point, the narrator says, "You'd have to go through at least four different hugs to get from the kitchen to the front room." Lines like this are wh...more
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.
illustrated by Stephen Gammell_Anon

Potential Audience (Reading level): Transitional

Genre: Fic...more
Jessica Breighner
The Relatives Came
by, Cynthia Rylant
1. Brief Summary
This book is about a summer full of visiting from Relatives that live in Virginia. The book was very descriptive of what the family did. The family did things such as eat yummy food, play games, fix broken things, they had picnics, and also played music for weeks and weeks. Even though they were sad to leave at the end of the summer, they always new that next summer they would be doing it again.
2. Potential Audience
The book demonstrates a f...more
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
The Relatives Came is a story about a family from Virginia who packs their bags and takes a summer trip to visit family. Upon arrival family members hug one another and are overfilled with joy to reunite. Their days are spent fixing broken things, gardening, eating strawberries and melons, and spending time together. When it is time to return home, they are sad and realize how much they will miss one another. However, the family is comforted by the fact they will see each other again next summer...more
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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.

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...more
I'm sorry, but this one just wasn't very enjoyable for me. I'll chalk one up for it being a very SMELLY copy of the book. So hard for me to really enjoy a book when I'm wincing from awful odors. The pictures were a little confusing to me at times, but I think that was to go along with how much uproar comes with visiting families. I also couldn't help (at least at the beginning) wondering if they were saying something about Virginians. Maybe that's just me.

What I did like about the book is how m...more
Sarah Rosati
This book is a recipient of the 1985 Caldecott Honor Award, and it chronicles a lengthy visit of extended family members. The story begins as they leave their house in Virginia, and drive through the country onwards towards an exuberant family reunion of sorts that lasts for the whole summer. The absence of a father is more than accounted for by the many helping hands around the house, as the relatives aid in cleaning, cooking, gardening, farming, and a whole other host of chores. This visit is...more
Warning: reading this book may inspire phone calls to parents and grandparents or, worse, may cause you to take leave of your senses and go on a long road trip with small children. Proceed at your own peril.

This is a really sweet book about the love of extended family. It resonated with me as a child because although we never lived close geographically to any of our aunts, uncles, cousins, or grandparents, whenever we did get the chance to visit, we made up for lost time. It resonates with me as...more
The Relatives Cameis one of my favorite books from my childhood. I can remember having a unit on Cynthia Rylant in elementary school. This book follows the "relatives" on their journey from Virginia to visit family in another state, possibly Ohio since that is where Rylant is from. Once in Virginia there is lots of hugging when the family finally arrives as well as laughing, eating and talking. The relatives stayed for "weeks and weeks" and helped around the house with whatever they could find t...more
Suzanne Moore
In this story, one family is making a trip to visit another. It is told from the perspective of a family member on the receiving end of the visit, referring to the visitors as the relatives.
The artwork is illustrated with light shading using colored pencils of cool and warm colors. Overall the combination of the value and mixture of hues, gives the pictures a joyful mood. On closer examination, the artist’s use of color extends the text, by allowing the reader to imagine related scenes that are...more
I enjoy this story about the relatives came to visit. This family show alot of love, joy, and kindness. These family were so far apart they were eager to talk, laugh, hug and see each other happy faces. This was a large family sharing beds and space in a house. This family gather together to sing songs and the children had time to play with different relatives. The illustrator had shade of colored pencils of pictures to keep it pleasant, calm and warm. It is easy to read for age of 4-8. The rela...more
"The Relatives Came" is a book about a family who's relatives come to visit them. It is summer time and the relatives are on their road trip, headed to their cousin's home for the summer. When the relatives arrive, they hug all of them. They get settled in and start doing many activities together that they enjoy. They tended the garden and picked and ate all of the strawberries and melons. They slept all over the house. They ate all of the food they could eat and enjoyed doing it together. When...more
The book "The Relatives Came", by Cynthia Rylant is a light-hearted story about a large family that gets together every summer. The relatives travel up north from Virginia to have a fun-filled time all summer. The story starts out with the relatives driving up north and pulling into their family's home. They spend the summer together playing games, eating, working in the garden, fixing things, playing instruments, and more. When the summer was over, the relatives say their goodbyes and drive all...more
Angel Romero
Summary: Relatives come from Virginia hugging and hugging all the other relatives. Some much fun happened that summer when the relatives came. Food, celebration, and family gatherings in this summer made it a very special one. All through the book the relatives thought about the grapes that were waiting at home.
This book also won a Caldecott Award Medal. The book is delightful and the illustrations are fascinating. My god-child loved this book.
Literature Term: Anaphora
Throughout the book the p...more
Estefania Flores
The relatives came is such a creative books that was drawn with such emphasis on the reader and the story. The book is Illustrated in a water color style and it makes the illustrations even more beautiful and entertaining.
The book is about one family waiting for relatives to arrive and when they do they have a big old party and eat everything and anything. Overtime thought the family wonders when their relatives are going to leave because it has been a while and they did not think they were go...more
Book Title: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Short Description of the Book: In her book The Relatives Came, Rylant tells the story of relatives from Virginia who come to visit for a time over the summer and the experiences they shared with their family.

Focus: Strong endings: Rylant models a great example of a strong ending in her book The Relatives Came. She uses key terms such as “finally’ and gives specific details about the final events and ends with a tie to future events.

Teach: CCSS.EL...more
Megan Piero
This book has wonderful illustrations and portrays the story of a family whose relatives come visit from Virginia. They stay for weeks and weeks and weeks. There is lots of hugs and laughter and the relatives do a great job of helping to fix broken things around the house. The relatives leave Virginia while their grapes are not yet yet purple and the must return home when they know the grapes will be a dark plum. When it is time to leave, both sides of the family are a little sad but they cheer...more
Annie Baucke
This book offers a elaborate celebration of family reunions, something that many kids get to enjoy. What first attracted me to this book was the colorful cover, showing a rainbow drawn car, blasting down a dirt road, with the roof packed tight, and passengers hanging out the windows. Many kids rely on visual stimulation when choosing a book that they enjoy. That is why I think that this book would be great to use in a pre-school or kindergarten classroom. This would make for a fun art project in...more
Critique-Picture Book/Caldecott Honor Book

This is a story about when a family’s relatives come to visit and how families can be both challenging and rewarding. The theme of family is one that most students can relate to. There is the excitement of seeing family members that do not often visit, or live far away, but it can also be overwhelming and different when all these people are in one place. This story addresses the joy of getting together with family from far away, but also the difficulties...more
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An author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children and young adults as well as an author and author/illustrator of picture books for children, Cynthia Rylant is recognized as a gifted writer who has contributed memorably to several genres of juvenile literature. A prolific author who often bases her works on her own background, especially on her childhood in the West Virginia mountains, she...more
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