About The Book

In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived, they hugged and hugged from the kitchen to the front room. All summer they tended the garden and ate up all the strawberries and melons. They plucked banjos and strummed guitars.
When they finally had to leave, they were sad, but not for long. They all knew they would be together next summer.

About The Author

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Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

About The Illustrator

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Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker, and The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate Our School by Judy Sierra. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 30, 1993)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689717383
  • Grades: P - 2
  • Ages: 4 - 7
  • Lexile ® AD940L

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Awards and Honors

  • Caldecott Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
  • Booklist Best Of 80's
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books

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