Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
How I Spent My Summer Vacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

1995 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
By: Mark Teague
ISBN: 0517885565
Paperback Price: $6.99
This endearing romp with an appealingly old-fashioned young hero (whose hair is parted smack center on his earnest little head) quickly dispels any comparisons to that drearily familiar back-to-school exercise we all know so well. Teague's compelling pictures, just a tad surreal in quality, entice us to join small Wallace Bleff on his train trip Westward "to visit Aunt Fern in her house on the plains." That this abode bears a startling resemblance to Aunt Em's pad in The Wizard of Oz just adds to the homey atmosphere of the tale. A kidnapping by some rough and tough cowboys plus a narrow escape from a herd of stampeding cattle keeps things from ever getting dull.
Selma G. Lanes   ©1995 Parents' Choice

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