The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

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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.
  • Arriving for a summer visit, a pile of relatives overwhelm their hosts by taking over their home, eating their food, and plucking away at their banjos and guitars.  Their visit lasts for weeks on end, and when it is finally time to say goodbye, everyone is already making plans for next year. Nieces and nephews will laugh out loud at this Caldecott-honor book packed with humor.