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Join Patricia Polacco's family reunion! The beloved author of autobiographical works like Betty Doll and Mrs. Mack serves up summertime memories in this heartwarming book about family and storytelling.
Trisha can barely contain herself as the family makes its way to her house for a reunion. She remembers the previous gathering at her Gramma's, when young Trisha's head was filled with thoughts of Jell-O salads, baseball games, and catching "lightning in a jar." At that long-ago get-together, the day's activities culminated in exciting stories about rattlesnakes and riding in new "motorcars," told by her Gramma and aunties. Afterward, empty jars were brought out, and Gramma recited a magical poem that seemed to release zillions of fireflies -- the lightning -- for everyone to capture. Years later, as the family arrives, the older Trisha relishes the chance to pass along these cherished memories and traditions to a new generation.
Another spirit-stirring book from a master storyteller, When Lightning Comes in a Jar sheds a warm glow on the meaning of family. Polacco's skill in putting home where the heart is will have children asking about their own family's stories, especially to grandparents, with whom her book is ideal for sharing. An excellent starter for planning your own family reunions or even a photo album, this book shows that traditions are never too late to begin. (Matt Warner)