Illustrations © Greg Couch

Summer's Vacation

by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Greg Couch Simon & Schuster, 2003

And so Summer lugs
her sprinkling can,
day after day,
as fast as she can.

And slowly, so slowly,
there's a greenish glow.
The animals stir.
The rivers flow.

Summer's Vacation is the final book in Lynn Plourde's and Greg Couch's seasonal series which began with Wild Child. The child Summer is so busy on her vacation making sand castles, picking berries, and camping out, that she forgets to do her chores, in spite of repeated warnings from her parents, Mother Earth and Father Time. Without watering, the land turns brown until Summer grabs her sprinkling can and makes things right. Then she paints a rainbow to welcome her sister Autumn, bringing the four books full circle.


"Mixed-media acrylic-and-pencil illustrations dominated by brilliant, sunshine yellows burst from the page, beautifully blending with the mirthful, rollicking rhyme. A dazzling completion to this duo's wonderful series about the seasons."

"The bouncy rhyming text is matched with layered, bright yellow and green full-page artwork that shows a jubilant Summer playing with abandon on the beach, turning somersaults, and splashing in a waterfall. Teachers may want to use the characters of Summer, Mother Earth, and Father Time to introduce metaphor and personification to elementary students."

"Inventive language energizes the rhyming text, and Couch's shimmering paintings, in acrylic and colored pencil, evoke the hazy, lazy days of childhood."
Publisher's Weekly

"As in the earlier books in this seasonal series, Couch's illustrations are magical. . . As always, Plourde's language sparkles with interesting sounds and rhythms."
Maine Sunday Telegram

"Plourde and Couch's quartet of picture books personifying the seasons comes full circle with this exuberant celebration of summer. . . The yellows, greens, and blues match the energetic tone of the rhyming verses."
School Library Journal


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