When you have a big family, reunions can be loud and chaotic. But as this cheerful book demonstrates, they can also be tons of fun! From canoeing down the river to getting chased by bees to telling ghost stories around the campfire, the reunion is filled with adventures for the whole family, even the pets! But when the vacation comes to an end, will everyone be able to keep the memories they've shared? With sunny illustrations by Sara Palacios, Marc Harshman's winsome story evokes all the joys of summer vacation and family togetherness.
About the author: For many years Marc Harshman taught fifth and sixth grades at the Sand Hill School, one of the last of the three-room country schools. Raised in Indiana, he has lived his adult life in West Virginia with his wife, Cheryl Ryan who is an artist, children's author, and librarian. His daughter, Sarah Jayne, is pursuing graduate studies at The Pratt Institute. The author of three chapbooks of poetry, he is also a well-known writer of children's picture books. His children's titles have been published in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Danish, and Swedish. The Storm was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, and a Parent's Choice Award recipient. He has also received the WV Arts Commission Fellowship in Poetry and subsequently the Fellowship in Children's Literature. He holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Short prose works have won awards from Newport Review and Literal Latte. Anthology publication of poems include Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. He has also served as an instructor for the historic Appalachian Writers Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY.
On May 18, 2012 Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced that he has appointed Marc Harshman as the new Poet Laureate for West Virginia in recognition of his work in both poetry and children's books.
About the illustrator: Sara Palacios is the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina. A native of Mexico, Sara graduated from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City with a degree in digital graphic techniques and went on to earn BFA and MFA degrees in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She works with a variety of media such as collage, ink, and digital artwork.