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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827879
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

It took most of spring 1951 for Jacqueline Bouvier, age 22, and sister Lee, 18, to convince their mother to let them board the Queen Elizabeth for Europe. In her preface, Lee Bouvier Radziwill describes the scrapbook of the trip they made for their mother as "a period piece." In fact, it evokes any European grand tour undertaken by two pretty and smart young things—even those who don't have society connections or extended correspondences with famous art historians like Bernard Berenson. The two women gaily write out their adventures in longhand, embellished with artful and amusing illustrations and a snapshot here and there. A delicious sense of respectable naughtiness underlies the text. Next to a photo of Jacqueline being embraced too tightly by a distinguished gentleman, mischievous Lee writes: "they treat us just like their children and really seem interested in showing us their country." Next to a photo of Lee in shorts and Jacqueline in capris: "We never go out in big cities except in what we would wear to church in Newport on Sundays." Jacqueline's often elaborate and colorful illustrations show genuine talent and humor. Created in 1951, published originally in 1974, then unavailable for many years, the book is a fun rediscovery. (June)
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"A delicious sense of respectable naughtiness underlies the text...Jacqueline's often elaborate and colorful illustrations show genuine talent and humor." -- May07 PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

"Handwritten by both Bouvier sisters and charmingly illustrated by Jackie's drawings, SUMMER is required reading for any travel buff." -- May07 PALM BEACH ILLUSTRATED

One Special Summer by Jaqueline and Lee Bouvier Originally published in 1974, this fanciful adventure between two sisters traveling to Europe features whimsical poems, intricate illustrations, and affectionate snapshots as a tribute to one very special summer indeed. Girls of all ages will appreciate this charming collaboration. -- On-The-Town The Arts and Entertainment Magazine of West Michigan Aug. 2007

"..is a delightful book...and it makes the perfect little house gift for your host--or summer treat for yourself." -- TOWN & COUNTRY, August, 2006

"A delicious sense of respectable naughtiness underlies the text...Jacqueline's often elaborate and colorful illustrations show genuine talent and humor." -- PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY, May, 2006

"Handwritten by both Bouvier sisters and charmingly illustrated by Jackie's drawings, SUMMER is required reading for any travel buff." -- PALM BEACH ILLUSTRATED, May, 2006

"...it makes the perfect little house gift for your host - or summer treat for yourself." -- Aug06 TOWN & COUNTRY

-- "[An] entertaining chronicle ... with amusing anecdotes and grand drawings that capture the wonder and glory of an exotic trip." -- TRAVELGIRL

..."is a delightful book...and it makes the perfect little house gift for your host--or summer treat for yourself." -- Aug06 TOWN & COUNTRY

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Alouette1 on December 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This was written when travel was glamorous and these two certainly made the rounds! I was journalling before journalling and scrapbooking became the present rage and enjoyed this book because it was done without the present day pre-fabbed gew-gaws. The sisters took their mother and later the lucky readers through castles and meetings with friends of friends who were high up and taught us how to handle an embarrassing situation of being taken "home" across Paris by a couple who really didn't ant to take them home, Lee did a hilarous entry of her experience at a dance where she danced with a lead-footed man who pointed out his family "all with the same noses!" and Jackie drew herself dancing with a dashing Russian Soldier during the same event. These two had a great approach to life and even their bad days were hilarious adventures. Much is written in French and it delighted my second year French-student daughter then she discovered that she was able to translate for me. After reading this book, you will discover how to have a good time and find the humor in any situation and never leave a sheet of paper or an envelope blank. Jackies' drawings are easy and cute an an inspiration! One of my daughters' teachers borrowed this book from me to show the students that they can make art anywhere about anything!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Trent McGuire on June 25, 2006
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I bought this book when I was in high school, and after studying the darling illustrations, and reading the story, I soooo longed to travel abroad, particularly by boat; and to mix with all the European dignitaries, socialites, and "Lah De Dahs" from across the pond. Now it's 30 years later, and having traveled quite extensively with my husband I still have that same longing, yet this time for my own daughters! This book and its charming illustrations make you want to send your daughter(s) or sons to Europe and travel amongst the noblesse. However impossible as that may seem to be, the good news is that today, anyone can take the Queen Mary or any number of magnificent ships (QEII available no longer) across the pond and waltz around Europe.

This is a nostalgic peek back into a time long ago; how the well-to-do traveled, socialized, lolly-gagged about, and spent their time, misbehaving and just having an all around good time. It is based on the true summer travel experience of the Bouvier sisters: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and her younger sister Lee Bouvier Radziwill. One became a First Lady of the United States, and the other, a Princess by marriage residing in Europe.

I recommend this darling picture book for anyone with a sense of fantacy and longing for high society adventure and travel.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. C. Derham on June 11, 2006
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but I enjoyed this book. It is a snapshot of the life of Jackie before the overwhelming fame. Here we see her on vacation with her sister, alternately enjoying shipboard life and dealing with the eccentrics along for the ride. My favorite image? That of Jackie trying to fish an elderly woman's dentures out of the toilet.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. E. Hirigoyen on June 20, 2006
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This was such a delightful discovery, I can almost picture what it would have been like to have discovered the actual scrapbook and travel journal on which this book is based. It is a delightful glimpse into the pre-celebrity lives of the young Bouvier sisters. Not only is this a treat for fans of either Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, or her sister Lee Bouvier Radziwill, but it is also a wonderful book for people who are fans of vacation memoirs. No matter what your background is, there are laughs to be found in the trials and tribulations of a voyage--for instance, of sharing a ship cabin with a woman in her 90's, who has a penchant for walking around in the buff late at night. The drawings, done by Jackie Bouvier, are charming and funny. One hopes that people still take such sweet records of their vacations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Just Jayne on November 3, 2006
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What a refreshing treasure of an illustrated young Jacqueline Bouvier this is as she tours Europe with her sister! This little compilation of sketches and notes denotes an era and a life style, with naivete and flair.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Niki M. on July 31, 2006
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For those who follow Jackie Kennedy's footsteps since her childhood, it is a fresh, elegant book to complete their collection. For all of us, it gives the taste of our age of innocence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Rose on January 1, 2008
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This beautiful little book is a reminder of why we should be encouraged to write about experiences that mean something to us - like your first time travelling without parents! OK, so we would not all get published as Lee did, but... Their tone and experiences will translate to so many people and remind us of where to find the fun in life.
Buy it for the girl or woman in your life. She'll have it forever!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By suzannab on September 29, 2009
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The publishers must have taken a first edition and scanned it in for reproduction, which probably kept the cost down, but they took the lazy way out.

They did a mediocre job of cleaning up extraneous dirt and artifacts, especially around the type and handwriting. You don't have to look too closely to notice this.

Worst of all is that they didn't convert the type to black; they left it in process colors which aren't in register, so the type has fuzzy edges. (This is the type on the three-page introduction and the one page at the end.) I mean, how hard would it be to re-set the type?!? Yeesh! Doing so wouldn't be any less authentic or disloyal to the original. Those pages would look and read a lot better if the type were sharp and all black.
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