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The Relatives Came Paperback – July 31, 1993
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Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker, and The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate Our School by Judy Sierra. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Top Customer Reviews
The strength of the book is in its illustrations, which warmly capture emotional closeness, like being tucked into bed by your Mom after a wonderful but tiring day. For those illustrations, The Relatives Came won a Caldecott Honor Award in 1986 that is well deserved.
The images are very happy, soft and fuzzy all at the same time. The illustrations look as though they were produced with pastel pencils using very fine points, constantly sharpened. With rounded faces and bodies, everyone seems very open and comfortable in hospitable surroundings. I have rarely seen a book that sets a better illustrated tone for a friendly family gathering. It caused me to recall my favorite family reunions.
The story is not as strong as the illustrations, but is more than adequate. One part of the family lives in Virginia and is leaving before the grapes are ready to be picked. They get up at 4 a.m. and drive straight through in a food and luggage packed station wagon. They leave the same way, weeks later, after having spent a happy summer camping inside the relative's house they visit. The initial nervousness and homesickness give way to missing their relatives, based on the happy times they share together that summer. The solution? Do it again next summer!
The story is designed to pick up on the physical aspects of closeness, and use those to convey a connection to emotional closeness. For people who are kinesthetically oriented, this story will be gripping and realistic.Read more ›
The Relatives Came is well written and beautifully illustrated children's book. I bought it to read to my grandchildren, and now they are reading it to me! We absolutely love looking at the pictures, over and over. We talk about each person, in the family, and then we decide who of our family is who in the book. The kids fall asleep each time with smiles on their faces. I will do everything in my power to keep this book safe, so that someday ... my darlings can read this book to their grandchildren as well. We just love this book ♥
We got a smaller version of this book with a box of Cheerios. Not sure what happened to it, but I was very grateful to replace it through Amazon. This book is much larger than our first addition and the kids love it. Each time I've been with my grandson ... this is the book he always wants to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We LOVE this book. It's a family favorite. SIMONE in our family tears up each time we read it!Published 13 days ago by Kathleen B.
I bought this book for my two grandkidlets because they have soooo many paternal cousins. This is just a cute story of a family who travels a great distance to see extended family... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Pamela Meadows
This book was good for my five year old. Her cousins were coming to visit us this summer from the south. They make this trip every summer and we go to the south every winter. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SunniJ
This book was a gift for my great nephew. I love Cynthia Rylan's books and all of my children, nieces, nephews, etc, etc expect me to send her stories to them whenever I can find... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kate Forbes
Beautiful, intriguing, entertaining, comical and thoughtful illustrations accompany a lyrical story about a beautiful topic. Truly, every person needs this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Addict
This is a wonderful book that brings back great memories of my childhood. I bought it so I could read it to my grandchildren.Published 2 months ago by Juanita