Pictures from Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins

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With their new cameras


a brother and sister


take pictures of their vacation.

But when they look at their photographs they see:

1. The back of Dad's head
2. Feet
3. A container of noodles

That's it?

Does 1 + 2 + 3 = summer vacation?

What about how it felt to swim in the lake? What about the stories their cousins told and the taste of a just-invented strawberry and whipped cream dessert?

For those memories—the memories of summer and the memories of family that mean the most—they need to look someplace else. Someplace deep inside. Someplace permanent.


About Lynne Rae Perkins

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Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is also the author of the novel All Alone in the Universe, the award-winning companion to Criss Cross. An artist as well as a writer, Lynne Rae Perkins has published several acclaimed picture books, including The Broken Cat, Snow Music, Pictures from Our Vacation, and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.
Published April 24, 2007 by Greenwillow Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Newbery-winner Perkins again displays her talent for picking out the telling details in ordinary activities—taking a young narrator and her family on a two-day drive to a now-unused farm for a rain-swept vacation capped by a general gathering of uncles, aunts and cousins.

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Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this book offers a unique perspective on the family vacation, and is an especially good choice if they are about to take off on a lengthy road trip.

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