My Family Vacation

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This warm, nostalgic tale and the author’s brilliantly colored paintings evoke a real sense of time and place and family fun that children and parents alike will find irresistible.

May and her parents and her older brother Richie are off to Florida – May’s first vacation far from home. After a long hot drive, full of fights with Richie, they reach their destination. Ahead lie sunny days filled with new adventures and unexpected pleasures that will bring May and Richie closer ...

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Overview

This warm, nostalgic tale and the author’s brilliantly colored paintings evoke a real sense of time and place and family fun that children and parents alike will find irresistible.

May and her parents and her older brother Richie are off to Florida – May’s first vacation far from home. After a long hot drive, full of fights with Richie, they reach their destination. Ahead lie sunny days filled with new adventures and unexpected pleasures that will bring May and Richie closer together. And when they get home, her Florida vacation is a happy memory for May all winter long.

Excited May takes her first trip away from home when the family goes on vacation in Florida, and the adventures she and her older brother have in Miami bring them to a better understanding of each other.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Pictures to pore over, and a story for generations.”
Booklist

“Aesop never said it better.”
Time

“Khalsa’s paintings are splendid – primitive folk art meets Coney Island.”
Publisher’s Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tales of a Gambling Grandma , I Want a Dog and Sleepers established varied aspects of Khalsa's gifts: one a fresh-faced satire, the others cheeky looks at more typical childhood concerns. This new work contains a little of each previous work. May relentlessly pursues souvenirs when her family takes a car trip away from northern snows to Florida. She buys postcards and picks up feathers, keeps the pink paper umbrella from her tropical drink and gets a key ring when the family car has to be replaced with a new used car. Her enthusiasm is never disguised by the flat perspectives of the paintings; each one is picture-postcard perfect, in saucy, near-gaudy colors. Captured in miniature is a litany of moments from any family's vacation: siblings slugging each other, the cramped backseat of the car, motels with pools. Those ordinary scenes, in Khalsa's campy style, are thrown into relief and resemble real life all the more by the contrast. Ages 5-8. (September)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 Vivid memories and vivid colors enliven the story of a young girl on her first long family vacation. Vignette paintings filled with flat colors and staccato patterns evoke the 1950s setting. May, her parents, and her older brother (the one who always wins) set out for a winter vacation in Florida. May is both frightened and excited by the adventure. Khalsa captures this and the delight that a child can take in the smallest details of a new experience. May starts a souvenir collection, coveting motel soap, sugar packs, and postcards. There are also the car games and an undercurrent of sibling rivalry that carry the story along. Khalsa's colors blaze like the southern sun with hot pinks and greens. She packs her pictures with detail. From sightseeing excursions to Parrot Jungle, penny arcades, and miniature golf courses, readers will relish May's experiences and enjoy remembering her family vacation. Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887766299
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Dayal Kaur Khalsa both wrote and illustrated picture books that celebrate the joys in life: the love between grandparents and grandchildren, the togetherness of a family holiday, the ingenuity of a girl who wants a dog, the thrill of discovering a new and delicious food. Her books have won numerous awards, including being chosen twice for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year, and twice as a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Dayal Kaur Khalsa died in 1989.

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