The Relatives Came

The Relatives Came

by Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammell


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780780730373
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1993
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

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

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.

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Relatives Came 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
yellow-bird More than 1 year ago
I first read this story to my First Grade class years ago. The illustrations are a story unto themselves. Whenever, I visit any family member or friend I leave a copy of this for folks of all ages, to let them know how blessed we are to have spent "QUALITY" time with each other. Time, our most valuable gift to one another, must be revered by all of us, so that our children will know how much they are loved.
Love2ReadDM More than 1 year ago
Wow, I can't believe one of the readers here didn't like this book. This was one of my favorite books to read to my children when tye were growing up. I have no grandchildren, but will be buying this for my great niece. Oh how I hope I get the chance to read it to her. I LOVE this book and my children did too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was a kid this book was one of my favorites (next to When You Give a Mouse a Cookie)and I loved the illustrations! It's a light hearted book that kids and adults alike can enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with down home family love. The pictures speak volumes for happines in the family, inviting you in to feel the love and hugs. There is no mention of electronics, or money. Just family loving and helping each other. Stephen Gammell is wonderful in illistrating this book. In foster care, it is rare to find a book that shows what family life and love is really about. This book does all that and more.
bratcat23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is so lovely. One of its many gifts is that it pairs beautifully with Big Mama's by Don Crews for compare contrast. (for first graders at least!)
EllieGiles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A charming story about summer, family, and grapes.
JordySizemordy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SummaryThis is a story about the "Virginia" relatives coming to stay with their extended family for the summer. It begins from the very packing packing of the ice chest for the road trip, and ends after the relatives finally leave weeks and weeks later.ReactionI love this story! It reminds me of the summer vacations that we would go on with our "Georgia" relatives. However, it might be a little too long to hold the attention of a younger audience.Extension IdeasHave the class journal about their own summer trips. If they do not take any, then have them journal about a summer vacation they would love to take.Have the class draw a picture of their favorite relative, and then explain why they chose that person to the other students.
KaraCalderon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is about a family who goes to visit their relatives. They all hug, laugh, eat and talk. The house is crammed full of people and everyone has a great time. Each page makes you feel like you are their with them.Personal Reaction:I love this book because it reminds me of family trips my own family would take, and how everyone would have such a great time even though we were all sleeping on the floor and couches. The illustrations are awesome.Classroom Extensions:1. Have a discussion about a time when the students visited with family and what happened.2. Start on a family tree as a craft. Have the kids draw the tree, and then take it home to put pictures on it, and then have them bring them back to share with the class.
richardgulick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about a family living on a farm waiting for some relatives to come from Virginia to spend their summer with. When the families reunite there is lots of hugging and storytelling. The relatives eat all the fruit and invited the family to come and visit them and eat all their grapes. The vacation ends and the relative have to head back home, the two families say good bye until next summer.This story is very cute, I have traveled a lot to visit distant family, and waited for them to arrive for a visit with us.In the classroom we could talk about wear we are from and, maybe where we have traveled.We could talk about what it's like getting together with our families and how we felt waiting to seem them.
cpage_07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another book that I can remember being read to as a child. It is about a family from Virginia who are going to see their Relatives. They stay for a long time and visit. The illustrations in this book are fabulous because it shows so many details of how family really acts when they are together. The family leaves but they will be back next summer!
soonerbabe21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a family visiting other family over the summer. A family waits the arrival of family from Virginia. When they come there is lots of hugging and sharing. They ate all of their melon and strawberries and told them that the next summer they could come eat their grapes. They visited for quite awhile and have some fun times together.I loved this book because it reminded me of my family when I was little. We use to go to family reunions and had so much fun. In the classroom we could talk about what vacations they have been on. Maybe tell them to draw or paint a picture that reminds them of that vacation.
mendie.cargill on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: The relatives are coming and their arrival is anticipated by their waiting family. They arrive and the house is filled with love, laughter, and smiles. It is crowded sleeping but no one cares because they are all together. They are just busy 'eating, sleeping, and breathing together.' When they leave, they all miss each other and are awaiting there next summer reunion.Personal Reaction: I like this book because I could relate to it, well. Every summer my cousins would come to visit and I would so much enjoy the time that we all spent together at grandma¿s house!Extension: I think that this would be a great time for the students to tell about their own experience in their journals and maybe have a day where they read about their experiences.
hnnewton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is just a fun book anout family. It could be read during seasons where it is normal for families to be visting eachother.
WonderWidget on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Family visits, Good story about the love of families.
cvyork on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book about the joys and sadness of relatives coming and going.
jsb021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful picture book to read to children of any age. The book is full of beautiful, eye catching illustrations. The author tells the humorous tale of a family that hosts relatives of across country. Through hugs, eating dinner in shifts, and tight sleeping arrangements, the family grows closer together and looks forward to meeting again the next summer.
eviltammy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gammell's illustrations enliven Rylant's story of summer visitation. Very home-y, a nice celebration of family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grand daughter who lives in Virginia and gets lots of visiting family from the west coast, loved this book. In a week of visiting I must have read it at least 6 times. The story line is simple and easy for a 4 yr. old to follow and the illustrations are fun. Each time we read it we found something new to discover and talk about.
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J2 More than 1 year ago
This Christmas, I bought 11 copies of THE RELATIVES CAME by Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammell, illustrator. I gave it to all my adult friends, who have either been my house guest, I have been their house guest or they are known to have a lot of out of town guest. With each copy I added a note, saying I hope this book would find a place in their guestroom. As you read the delightful story, you'll find your self identifying with one of the characters, or have had one as a guest in your home. It's a children's book, that will make adults smile. I think it's a fun read....and a perfect gift!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this for my nephews, age 4. They seemed fascinated by the story that depicted a long trip to visit extended family. The point that family often live differently depending on their location and that is OK - because afterall, they're still family and its fun. The pictures are hilarious and give the story real life and fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Rylant, never really considered herself creative, she was more concerned about playing cops and being a tom boy then being interested in writing. Obviously things changed as the West Virgina native grew up. Her book, 'The Relatives Came' is a heart warming book that I fell in love with. This book is one that I related to really well. There are those realtives you only see once or twice a year and when you do they make it well worth so you don't miss them until the following year. This book has great illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The book earned a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1986. The pictures in the book are so pretty and colorful. The book brought a sense of warmth to me, the laughing and hugging reminded me of my family events. This book could relate to kids that just travel every so often to see their distant family members. Some kids may grow more respect for the visits they get to have. The pictures throughout the book seemed like they were all sketched by colored pencils. I absolutely love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Relatives are comming from Virgina. ' They left when thier grapes were nearly purple enough to pick, but not quite.' Leaving from Virgina they came to your house. They drove all day and into the night. What will the relatives bring? Will they be back in time to pick thier grapes? Will everything come back to normal? All of the questions are answered in this book. Cynthia Rylant writes childrens books and has a popular series of Henry and Mudge. I really enjoy this book because it reminds me of my family reunions. All of the hugging and kissing is just what we do. Spending all sorts of time together is great, but it is nice to get back to normal. Rylant, Cynthia. THE RELATIVES CAME. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1985
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cynthia Rylant did a great job on the book, 'The Relatives Came.' This book hit home so much with me. As she wrote in the book that they were in the car with their sandwhiches packed for the road, that reminded me so much of my family. The hugs from the family and the laughing just brought a sense of warmth like I knew the feeling so well. This book could relate to a lot of kids that just travel every so often to see that distant family member. I loved the pictures that illustrator, Stephen Gammell did. The picutres seemed like they were done with colored pencils. I loved the artwork as well as the story.