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Travels with My Family
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Travels with My Family

by Marie-Louise Gay, David Homel
 

Instead of dream vacations to Disney World and motels with swimming pools and water slides, the parents in Travels with My Family insist on obscure destinations — even if it means driving for hours to get to the middle of nowhere, countless back-seat games of Twenty Questions that end badly, and reading aloud the “How to Change a Tire”

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Instead of dream vacations to Disney World and motels with swimming pools and water slides, the parents in Travels with My Family insist on obscure destinations — even if it means driving for hours to get to the middle of nowhere, countless back-seat games of Twenty Questions that end badly, and reading aloud the “How to Change a Tire” chapter from the Owner’s Manual. To say nothing of what happens when they arrive: eating grasshoppers in Mexico, forgetting the tide schedule while collecting sand dollars off the coast of Georgia, and mistaking alligators for logs in the middle of Okefenokee Swamp. Husband-and-wife team David Homel and Marie-Louise Gay have combined their writing and illustrating talents with their own family memories to produce a very different kind of travelogue. Travels with My Family is told from the point of view of a long-suffering big brother who must fulfill many roles in this eccentric family — keep little brother out of trouble; humor artist Mom while she seeks out beauty and inspiration in the least likely places; and discourage nearsighted, tone-deaf Dad from pulling out the road map to search for yet another strange destination.

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Children's Literature
The award-winning author and illustrator of the Stella and Sam picture books, Marie-Louise Gay, has once again been inspired by her two sons. This book is a collection of travel stories, written with her partner, author David Homel. In Travels, a big brother tells of his vacations with his little brother, his artist mother, and his bumbling father. Mom and Dad choose eccentric, faraway destinations, away from tourist traps and close to adventure. They travel from Maine to Florida to California to British Columbia and many other destinations in between. The family escapes storms, alligators, and fireworks just in the nick of time, with our narrator saving the day again and again. Gay's black-and-white illustrations live up to her reputation for sketchy, whimsical designs. The stories are filled with lively prose, a hint of danger, and silly, imaginative adventures. The descriptions of the obscure vacation destinations might even encourage curious readers to research a bit and find out what these places are really like. In the classroom a teacher might make a fun assignment out of doing just that. 2006, Groundwood Books, Ages 6 to 9.
—Ilene S. Goldman
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In short, amusing chapters, a boy describes his family's trips to off-the-beaten-path locations in North America and Mexico. Though he and his little brother would prefer to go to Disneyland, their parents insist on avoiding tourist areas and taking the road less traveled-usually with unexpected, sometimes hair-raising results. For example, the family remains steadfast in their Maine beach cottage during Hurricane Bob, is stalked by alligators in the Okefenokee Swamp, is pummeled by tumbleweeds in an Arizona sandstorm, and encounters revolutionaries during a drive through Mexico. Although there is very little character or plot development, these brief adventures are sprinkled with humor, moments of discovery, and an appreciation for the beauty and diversity of less-lauded destinations. Written with simple language and adorned with amusing cartoon sketches, this title is a good choice for those new to chapter books or for struggling readers.-Corinda J. Humphrey, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888996886
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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