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The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

The Relatives Came (original 1985; edition 1993)

by Cynthia Rylant (Author), Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)

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Title:The Relatives Came
Authors:Cynthia Rylant (Author)
Other authors:Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
Info:Aladdin (1993), 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:family, travel, vacation, personal narrative

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The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant (1985)


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This personal narrative tells of a family tradition over summertime. Family from Virginia travels to the author's home and they spend their time happily together doing various activities. This is a great mentor text for students as they study personal narrative writing. ( )
  kbengtson | Jan 12, 2019 |
The book didn’t really have a lot of plot to it. I was honestly disappointed with this book. The only thing I could say that is good about this book is that it stresses the importance of spending time with family.

The teacher could ask the students to write about a time they travelled to see family and the adventures they shared with them. ( )
  cnemetz | Oct 7, 2018 |
Family members visit from Virginia to stay for a few weeks. The family felt crowded with all family members staying under the same roof. While on their visit thy all pitched in to help around the house before leaving. On their way back home it repeats their journey back to Virginia as it did in the beginning. ( )
  RosaPerez | Sep 19, 2018 |
Even with a small family, I can understand the struggles of this book. When family comes to visit there are a lot of hugs and kisses! You love seeing them, and you'll miss them when they leave, but you can not wait to have your bed back or your house back to the way it was. All people can relate to this. The illustrator used funny pictures to convey even more what the author was trying to say. Overall, this story was great and I would definitely read it to my class. ( )
  arizzo | Aug 30, 2018 |
"the Relatives Come" is such an accurate depiction of when family does come to visit that all children could relate. I was nodding my head in agreement with a lot of the pages in the book. Especially the beginning with too many hugs and 8 hugs just to get to the kitchen. It was just a feel good story and one anyone can relate to. I would keep this available inside my classroom and recommend students to read it. I think it's worth getting some ARP points on for a child if nothing being that it can be related to so easily! ( )
  Ashley.Miller | Aug 30, 2018 |
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Cynthia Rilant has some incredible books that I get nostalgic for a time in my childhood. The time when all my relatives came to celebrate a holiday, it was fun. Mostly.
We did not have cool summer reunions as the family does in this book. What I did like was celebrating the holidays with a huge, scrumptious meal. The stories were funny or interesting. I learned that my grandfather came from Russia and had to fight in the Japanese- Russian war. He was nine years old. He did not like to discuss this period of time in his life, but that meant I could ask other relatives to see if he told them anything about this time.
I learned that Big Mama, my great grandmother, crashed into the window of a car dealership. When the policeman came, she said
" Young man I was here in this town before you were born. This is a two way street. You better not write me a ticket." My uncle had to secretly pay the ticket without Big Mama's knowledge.
I loved the pictures of the relatives eating together, playing music together, and sleeping together. I always feel nostalgic, because so many of my relatives are deceased now. I remember the good times when we were together.
There were plenty of times when heated discussions occurred. When one relative was not speaking to another relative, but I refuse to remember the unhappy times.
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family reunion during the summer
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689717385, Paperback)

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.

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The relatives come to visit from Virginia and everyone has a wonderful time.

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