Summer’s Vacation by Lynne Plourde

Summer Kids

Summer’s Vacation (Mother Earth’s Children)
Written by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Greg Couch
Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Not so originally, I decided that a showcase with a summer reading theme would be a good feature for the blogs over the next few months. I was excited when a newsletter from Simon and Schuster offered a list of new kids books that it turns out my local library had on order. Summer’s Vacation was at the top of it. A simple hold and a few days later I was reading it, only to discover it was part of a series. Gathering the rest of the series took a bit more time as it is extremely popular with the 8 and under crowd, probably more popular with their parents I would be willing to bet.


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518Khgwd1mL._SX376_BO1,204,203,200_Like most children during this time of year Summer wants to play outside, build sand castles, go camping, and swim. Like most children, she also has responsibilities that must be finished first. “Just a few more minutes,” she promises to her ever-patient parents Mother Earth and Father Time until she realizes she may have left her chores until too late and then she must work extra hard fix things.

Fun rhymes keep the story moving and stunningly beautiful artwork conveys both the movement of seasons and the lessons of responsibility in Summer’s Vacation and indeed in the entire Mother Earth’s Children series. The books were totally worth the wait.


about the author

Lynne Plourde

I write kids’ books–talk about a FUN job! I worked for 21 years as a speech-language therapist in Maine schools. When I got married, I got 3 & 4-year-old stepsons as part of my ready-made family. I read the boys picture books at bedtime. They fell asleep after 2 or 3 books, but I kept reading stacks and stacks of picture books and started to dream . . . maybe I could write picture books. I was already writing educational books (listening & speaking ideas for the classroom), but PICTURE BOOKS–that was different! … []
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