Summer's Vacation

Summer's Vacation

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by Lynn Plourde, Greg Couch
     
 

Summer cartwheels and shouts,

"Hip-hip-hooray!

Vacation is here.

Let's play, play, play."

Vibrant, sunny Summer is too busy having fun shaping sand castles, jumping in the waves, gobbling berries, and camping under a blanket of stars to do her chores. But it's not until she hikes to the top of a mountain and sees the dull, parched land below, that

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Summer cartwheels and shouts,

"Hip-hip-hooray!

Vacation is here.

Let's play, play, play."

Vibrant, sunny Summer is too busy having fun shaping sand castles, jumping in the waves, gobbling berries, and camping under a blanket of stars to do her chores. But it's not until she hikes to the top of a mountain and sees the dull, parched land below, that she realizes what she has done. Summer grabs her sprinkling can. Is she too late to make amends?

Lynn Plourde's and Greg Couch's seasonal saga of Wild Child, Winter Waits, and Spring's Sprung comes full circle with this summertime celebration. Plourde's playful words capture the frolic and fun of vacations, while Couch's glowing, golden illustrations radiate off the pages to warm the hearts of children of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
As summer waits just around the corner, new series titles arrive and favorite characters return. With Summer's Vacation, Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch complete their seasonal cycle begun with Wild Child. Summer, a girl with fiery hair like the rays of the sun, frolics while Mother Earth and Father Time warn her not to neglect her chores. She malingers a little too long, leaving the earth brown and dry, but comes to her senses in time to make things right. Inventive language energizes the rhyming text, and Couch's shimmering paintings, in acrylic and colored pencil, evoke the hazy, lazy days of childhood. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A personified child, Summer, daughter of Mother Earth and Father Time, is so busy celebrating the joys of her seasonal vacation that, despite repeated parental warnings, she neglects her important chore of watering the earth, leading to a drought which she must then work overtime to correct. Couch's light-drenched, golden acrylic paintings perfectly capture the exuberance of Summer's pleasures: her cartwheels, splashes, and snoozes. Plourde's text offers a salutary, if somewhat preachy, warning about the need to balance work and play. But her rhymes are often strained and forced, and the lines repeatedly fail to scan, or else do so in a clunky, plodding way: "Next, climb a mountain. Grip and grapple tight. Pull up to the peak. What an awesome sight!" "Summer bursts into tears. 'I didn't mean to. I'm so sorry. Now what should I do?'" Rhythmic prose might have worked better to mirror the carefree pace of summer than these awkward quatrains. But children eager to savor the laziness of long, leisurely summer days may be less critical, and Couch's glowing pictures definitely delight. 2003, Simon & Schuster,
— Claudia Mills
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Plourde and Couch's quartet of picture books personifying the seasons comes full circle with this exuberant celebration of summer. Enthusiastic and full of energy, young Summer spends her time swimming, building sand castles, picking berries, and camping in the cool forest. Under the watchful eye of Mother Earth and Father Time, the youngster rushes from one activity to another. The two admonish her not to neglect her chores but she is having too much fun to stop her frolicking. It is not until she pauses on a mountaintop that she realizes what her negligence has done-the Earth is dry and brown. Promising to work around the clock, Summer sprinkles water until the rivers flow and the animals begin to stir. Rendered in acrylic paint and colored pencils on museum board, the illustrations glow with the shimmering heat of a sultry day and the coolness of a summer's evening. The yellows, greens, and blues match the energetic tone of the rhyming verses. This title continues the New Age approach evident in this team's other season books: Mother Earth is camouflaged as part of the topography and Summer's short golden hair looks like sun rays around her head. Children familiar with the earlier titles will welcome Summer and her infectious love of warm, carefree days.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Summer, the youngest child of Mother Earth and Father Time, takes readers along on her playful vacation in this latest addition to this duo's wonderful series about the seasons. Summer is much too busy jubilantly celebrating all the joys of her life cycle by frolicking at the beach, swimming, building sandcastles, hiking, berry-picking, and camping beneath the coolness of the forest trees, to take heed of her parents' reminder to tend first to her chores. Only after a frisky splash through the coolness of a waterfall and a gleeful climb up a mountain, does she realize her neglect-viewing the parched, brown earth below. She quickly begins her responsibility of sprinkling the necessary raindrops to quench a thirsty world, making everything bloom and green again. Summer then finishes off her work with the welcome colors of a rainbow, leaving her paints behind for sister Autumn to decorate with her traditional fall colors. Mixed-media acrylic-and-pencil illustrations dominated by brilliant, sunshine yellows burst from the page, beautifully blending with the mirthful, rollicking rhyme. A dazzling completion to an attractive series. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689842238
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.83(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch are the author-illustrator team for the acclaimed season cycle Wild Child, Winter Waits, and Spring's Sprung. Lynn, author of the recent picture books Snow Day and School Picture Day, "summers" (and winters, springs, and falls) in Maine, also known as Vacationland. Greg lives and works busily in New York on books, including Sun Dance, Water Dance; The Cello of Mr.O; and Moon Ball, and movies, including Ice Age, but he does make time for occasional visits to his favorite vacation spot, Cape Cod.

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Summer's Vacation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Plourde's other titles, Summer's Vacation is a celebration of Mother Nature's four seasons, this time, summer. Great for helping little ones gain an appreciation for the changing seasons and what makes each one unique. Couch's illustrations are whimsical enough to hold a young child's attention yet complex enough to captivate the adult/parent reader.