We're Going on a Trip

We're Going on a Trip

by Christine Loomis, Maxie Chambliss

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Loomis ( My New Baby-Sitter ) adeptly guides children and parents through another potentially turbulent experience--vacations. In a five-page foreword, Loomis offers parents thoughtful travel advice that ventures beyond the typical packing tips to such fine points as how to calm children's fears of the unknown and prevent backseat territorial disputes. The advice to children is tucked discreetly into two stories of vacationing families. Readers share Julius's experiences as he flies to a family reunion, from seeing how his stuffed lion looks when X-rayed at security to noting the bumps and loud noises when the plane lands. Ginger and Harry travel by car to a hotel; along the way they play ``I Spy'' and counting games that should inspire other restless travelers. Chambliss's wholesome, cheery watercolors to some extent obscure the didactic agenda and make the book more story-like. Ages 4-up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-The first five pages of this simple book offer parents brief suggestions about traveling with young children. Ideas about planning, packing, scheduling, and creating congenial trips whether by air, train, or car are rather standard, but concise tips. Two stories for children follow. Julius and his mother fly to his grandmother's town for a family reunion. Mom is comfortably nearby as first-time-flyer concerns are faced-luggage checked, security hurdled, seat belts secured. Once there, Julius meets various relatives, including a cousin who traveled by train. Her experience is told in a mere half page. In a totally unrelated episode, Ginger, Harry, and their parents drive to a city and stay in a hotel for their vacation. Here, meeting new people is emphasized. Watercolor illustrations of happy families support the stories. Some shortcomings keep this from reaching its potential. Julius's mother's promise that he will meet the pilot and the boy's inspection of the galley before takeoff are a bit unrealistic, as is an airliner with dozens of empty seats. Too many questions about rail travel remain unanswered for this mode to be included at all. Not a necessary purchase.-Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NE

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