SUMMER by June Factor


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An attractive Australian import that may fascinate (and surprise) American children: Christmas at midsummer on a cattle ranch, celebrated with a family reunion and picnic. Beginning, ""Summer is a'comin' in/And all the flies are gatherin',"" the brief text-in lightly humorous verse--has some unfamiliar words, but they come clear in the pictures: a ""saveloy"" seems to be a sausage; the ""loo"" where Auntie Lil's locked in looks like a privy. ""Dad's got measles"" and sports spots throughout; ""Mum's got flu,"" but manages to carry on and serve a crowd of merrymakers. Lester pictures an active, happy family with traditions as strong as those in Dylan Thomas' Welsh remembrance. The comic moments come to a serene conclusion as the litany is repeated one last time--""Summer is a'comin' in/And all the stars are gatherin'."" A cheerful addition to the Christmas canon.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking