Lynn Plourde. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $16.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-689-84223-8
As summer waits just around the corner, new series titles arrive and favorite characters return. With Summer's Vacation, Lynn Plourde and Greg Couch complete their seasonal cycle begun with Wild Child. Summer, a girl with fiery hair like the rays of the sun, frolics while Mother Earth and Father Time warn her not to neglect her chores. She malingers a little too long, leaving the earth brown and dry, but comes to her senses in time to make things right. Inventive language energizes the rhyming text, and Couch's shimmering paintings, in acrylic and colored pencil, evoke the hazy, lazy days of childhood.
Reviewed on: 05/01/2003