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Summer's Vacation Hardcover – May 1, 2003

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Plourde and Couch's quartet of picture books personifying the seasons comes full circle with this exuberant celebration of summer. Enthusiastic and full of energy, young Summer spends her time swimming, building sand castles, picking berries, and camping in the cool forest. Under the watchful eye of Mother Earth and Father Time, the youngster rushes from one activity to another. The two admonish her not to neglect her chores but she is having too much fun to stop her frolicking. It is not until she pauses on a mountaintop that she realizes what her negligence has done-the Earth is dry and brown. Promising to work around the clock, Summer sprinkles water until the rivers flow and the animals begin to stir. Rendered in acrylic paint and colored pencils on museum board, the illustrations glow with the shimmering heat of a sultry day and the coolness of a summer's evening. The yellows, greens, and blues match the energetic tone of the rhyming verses. This title continues the New Age approach evident in this team's other season books: Mother Earth is camouflaged as part of the topography and Summer's short golden hair looks like sun rays around her head. Children familiar with the earlier titles will welcome Summer and her infectious love of warm, carefree days.
Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 1. Summer is much too busy swimming, building sand castles, and hiking to do her chores. Mother Earth and Father Time keep reminding her of her responsibilities, but it is not until Summer sees the brown, dried-up earth does she realize the price of her neglect. Watering can in hand, she works day and night until the earth begins to turn green again. As in her title Winter Waits (2000), Plourde delivers her message about responsibility gently, but firmly. The bouncy rhyming text is matched with layered, bright yellow and green full-page artwork that shows a jubilant Summer playing with abandon on the beach, turning somersaults, and splashing in a waterfall. Teachers may want to use the characters of Summer, Mother Earth, and Father Time to introduce metaphor and personification to elementary students. Karen Hutt
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689842236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689842238
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lynn Plourde is the author of numerous kids' books. Most are funny, but some will make you cry. She's a word-player: highfalutin fidgeting, fiddling, fuddling, and foopling. She even makes up words: shmuffle, rizzle, and puckery-smuckery. She's written about those who inspire: a biography of Margaret Chase Smith and a graphic novel about Donn Fendler and his miraculous survival saga. She's a teaching author who has done hundreds of visits to schools where she shares her books interactively, acts some out as plays, and teaches writing mini-lessons (i.e. copycat stories, problem stories, character stories, fables, graphic novel scenes). Having worked more than two decades as a speech-language therapist, Lynn utilizes the knowledge of sounds and instructional skills she gained from that earlier profession in her career as a kids' book author. Lynn is a native Mainer who frequently uses her home state as inspiration when writing about moose, muddy ruds, the four seasons, Mount Katahdin, and being "at one" with nature. She lives in Winthrop, Maine, with her husband. You can learn more about her at her website:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Hart on October 17, 2005
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This completes our set in the seasons series. Wild Child was our first experience with Plourd's books-- and by far, the best one. None of the other books seem to match up. Thus said, children and adults alike will still delight in the sing song phrasing and orginal artwork. The stories are favorites with my kids.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Bustard on April 17, 2003
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I was both thrilled and sad to see this fourth Couch/Plourde creation show up at my local book store. This is another lovely testiment to the wonders of nature and the importance of family. "Summer's Vacation" also hints at the responsibilities of our youth and their very apparent influence in their world. If I could, I would wish for more seasons so as not to see this beautiful collaborative team complete their circle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Hawkes on August 14, 2007
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The last in th set.. what is summer doing? She is on vaction and not getting her work done. Luckily she has two wonderful parents... Mother Earth and Father time.
We love these books. A must for every home.

Heather mama of 5
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