The Relatives Came
When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be ...more
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
A story about a summer spent with relatives, Cynthia Rylant’s picture book was a comforting and delightful read illuminated by beautiful colored pencil illustrations, compliments of Stephen Gammell. The Relatives Came details the ins and outs of a visiting family, a occurrence I can very well relate to, even though the book was published in 1985. Upon opening this book, I was overcome with how it smelled (weird, I know.) The pages held the same aroma of all the books I read in my grade school li...more
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
Used in story time again this year.
This book could be used in a unit on family or a unit on traveling. Students could brainstorm ...more
In "The Relatives Came" the cousins from Virginia pack themselves into their r ...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
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
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
What I did like about the book is how m ...more
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 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
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