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The Relatives Came

Story by Cynthia Rylant  Illustrated by Stephen Gammell


When I was a kid, I couldn't wait for those special summers when our relatives came to visit! They would travel in their camper from Texas all the way to the northeast.


They were city; we were country and the excitement and memories made once they arrived were unmatched! The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant captures that same magic of family, old fashioned travel and summertime!

Sometimes when they first arrive after not seeing them for awhile, there's the awkward moments or shy ones for the kids. But, that soon fades and you find yourself talking long into the night, reminiscing and

Emma 'Grandma' Gatewood was sixty-seven when she set out in a pair of sneakers and hiked the Appalachian Trail. Being a novice hiker, even with my great hiking boots, trail-worthy clothes and gear, I can't imagine doing that 2,160-mile trail by myself!

This fascinating true story comes to life and is beautifully enahanced with illustrated maps, timelines and additional notes about Emma, the trail and additional illustrations at the end. A wonderful non-fiction picture book that begs the reader to put on some good walking shoes and get outside!


This map is one of the delightfully illustrated extras in Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Thermes!

Fun Stuff!

1. Take a Road Trip!

It doesn't have to be far away or a huge time commitment. Even a walk in a city park or down a country road will do! Want to get more adventurous but not sure how to proceed? Go to and search to find the perfect hike!

2. Photo Book or Collage of Family Pictures

....or a neighbor that has stories to tell! (...and we all have stories to tell!)

3. Get Some Watermelon!

Include houses, parks, fire hydrants, special areas like a park or restaurant or really tall tree.

4. Play some Classic Car Games!

1. going on a trip and I'm going to pack

2. License plate game

3. Car Bingo

4. Stuff in Jar

5. Car alphabet bingo

5. Make a Suitcase Crafts using and Altoid Tin!

Rather than gather, bring along a list of things you would find in nature and photograph them. Of course take some selfies and print them out for an album or photo collage. Great times and great memories!

Do a Family Tree


Hello and Welcome!

We're April and Cenzia, the mom and daughter duo behind My Kidz Bookshelf! Thanks for  stopping by! We love to read, review, and do fun stuff too!

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