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How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Mark Teague
 

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Some kids spend their summer vacation at camp. Some kids spend it at Grandma's house. Wallace Bleff spent his out west...on a ride, a rope, and a roundup he'll never forget.

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Some kids spend their summer vacation at camp. Some kids spend it at Grandma's house. Wallace Bleff spent his out west...on a ride, a rope, and a roundup he'll never forget.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy's school report tracks his imaginary adventures in the wild West, using playful rhyming verse; the result, according to PW, is "one rootin' tootin' tall tale." Ages 3-7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Wallace Bleff takes his teacher and fellow students on a Wild West adventure when he gives his school report on how he spent his summer vacation. On his way to visit Aunt Fern, he is captured by cowboys and learns their trade, earning the nickname "Kid Bleff." When he finally reaches his Aunt's house, he joins in on a roping party, and proves himself a hero during a cattle stampede. This story is pure rhyming entertainment for little people with big imaginations.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2An original fantasy told in rhyme. Wallace Bleff, who is reporting to his class about his summer vacation, tells of his travels west at the bidding of his parents, who felt his overactive imagination needed a rest. He relates how en route to his Aunt Fern's house, he is kidnapped by cowboys andvoil, Kid Bleff is born. He joins the rawhide crowd; learns to rope, ride, and build fires; and becomes a ``first-rate cowhand.'' In celebration of the end of the roundup, Aunt Fern invites Wallace and new friends to a barbecue. When a cattle stampede nearly ruins the party, the young hero saves the day as he displays hidden talent as a matador and reverses the direction of the herd. The art is done in warm acrylics throughout, first to portray the classroom setting where Wallace's yarn begins against the backdrop of the chalkboard, then segues into the sandy scenes of the Wild West, and back again. Teague strikes again with a unique idea, one teachers would do well to use. An excellent read-aloud choice for back-to-school reading in the classroom or the public library.Marsha McGrath, Clearwater Public Library, FL
Stephanie Zvirin
A great back-to-school picture book elevates the traditional "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" school report to new and dazzling heights. Wallace Bleff's unsuspecting teacher gets more than she bargained for when the quiet student erupts in glee as he reads his essay on his summer vacation--a wild and woolly, Old West adventure that bursts from his paper into full-color, action-packed double-spread paintings filled with cowboys, horses, and stampeding steers. Now Wallace "can hardly wait for show-and-tell!" As usual, Teague's imagination springs lively, as does his rhyming text, and his illustrations have that slightly old-fashioned look that never seems outdated. Children will love Wallace's buckaroo heroism and love his great revenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613051774
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
619,837
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x (h) x (d)
Lexile:
NP (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Teague

Mark Teague is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose books include DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL, the 2002 Book Sense Illustrated Book of the Year; DETECTIVE LARUE: LETTERS FROM THE INVESTIGATION; LARUE FOR MAYOR: LETTERS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL; FUNNY FARM; and PIGSTY. He is also the illustrator of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen. Mark lives in Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and daughters.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
Wallace was captured by cowboys. He was on a train when they captured him, on his way out to visit his aunt whose house was on the plains. He doesn’t mind the change of plans, so once they outfitted in his cowboy gear, he was ready to do some roping, riding, and other cowboy tasks. Oh, he was good and his name quickly spread. One day his aunt calls from a telephone booth (yes, a telephone booth out on the range) and invited the boys over for a barbecue. The roundup is finished so it’s time for a party. It was a grand party with plenty of food, lots of dancing and the band is playing all the right songs. Nearby the animals started to act strange and what occurred next, Wallace will never forget. For, if it wasn’t for the quick-thinking of Wallace, the party would have ended in disaster. Wallace tells this tale with great conviction in front of his class during his turn to talk about his summer vacation; the pictures are captivating and invite your imagination to follow Wallace along on his adventure. The last page is funny, “I can hardly wait for show and tell!” I love the creativity in his book.
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Read his books when I was little and I adored them all especially Dear Mrs. Larue
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blakeandlily More than 1 year ago
This book is really cute and the rhyming text makes it fun to read. My children (age 4 & 6) really enjoyed the little boy's story about his adventures over summer vacation. A great book to have to ready over and over again!