by Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by Stephen Gammel
One of award-winning author Cynthia Rylant's best children's books, The Relatives Came, a Caldecott Honors winner, has become a favorite of all ages. This book tells the simple story of a Virginia family traveling across the mountains to spend the summer with their West Virginia relatives. Exquisitely illustrated, The Relatives Came will make you recall your fondest memories of visiting kin, along with the requisite hugs, overeating, and more hugs.
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.
About the author:
Cynthia Rylant is the author of numerous distinguished novels and picture books for young readers. In addition to her beginning-reader series: Henry and Mudge, Poppleton, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, as well as her Cobble Street Cousins early-chapter series, she is also the author of the Newbery Medal-winning Missing May, the Newbery Honor Book A Fine White Dust, and two Caldecott Honor-winning picture books.