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Children's LiteratureJocelyn has become well-known for her collage-style picture books, and this new addition lives up to Jocelyn's past creativity, from the texturing of the towels used at the beach to the dimensionality of trees, buildings and bugs caught in cans with holes punched in the tin tops. Readers could easily just focus on the pictures and be inspired to create their own stories. I found the actual story—one that follows a family from the end of the school year through their summer in the country—and its corresponding text a bit less enticing, simply because Jocelyn relies, for the most part, on short phrases rather than complete sentences to tell her story. While the choppy phrasing may help further the sense of action or movement, I found the text wanting. Additional readings made me realize that the text lacked a rhythm to move with the pictures, and while some readers may not be bothered by this, it was problematic for this reviewer. That said, this book will certainly remind young readers of the joys of the summer. 2004, Tundra Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Jean Boreen, Ph.D.