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Book details
  • Genre:JUVENILE FICTION
  • SubGenre:Readers / Intermediate
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Harmony Tales
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:40
  • eBook ISBN:9781617927126

The Gerbil Family Vacation

by Nancy Hernstrom

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Overview
This story is an allegory. It is one in a series of ten tales set in small town that is inhabited by animals, insects and a family of turtles. In the town called Harmony, lives a large family of Gerbils. Their lives are similar to most small town dwellers. In this story the title says it all, the Gerbils set out for their annual family vacation. This time it is a trip to the sea side. It is a huge undertaking since this family has more than 20 members and four generations in their home. The grandparents, who are retired from the Army, use their skills to keep their large brood of grandchildren safe and happy. The Gerbil parents manage their children with love and patience. While on vacation everyone gets an opportunity to try new things. In spite of the struggle to keep everyone organized Grandfathers Al and Gus find they enjoy being on vacation as much their children. One day while the family is playing on the beach one of the little Gerbils wanders off to play in a large sand castle, all is well in the end. There is plenty of sand, fishing, go-carts and even a lost little Gerbil to make this vacation memorable. The large Gerbil family votes it their best vacation ever.
Description
This story is an allegory. It is one in a series of ten tales set in small town that is inhabited by animals, insects and a family of turtles. In the town called Harmony, lives a large family of Gerbils. Their lives are similar to most small town dwellers. In this story the title says it all, the Gerbils set out for their annual family vacation. This time it is a trip to the sea side. It is a huge undertaking since this family has more than 20 members and four generations in their home. The grandparents, who are retired from the Army, use their skills to keep their large brood of grandchildren safe and happy. The Gerbil parents manage their children with love and patience. The triplets, Holly, Polly, and Molly do push the family limits a little harder than the other children, even at the beach. While on vacation everyone gets an opportunity to try new things, like fishing from an old bridge or driving a go-cart. A visit to an old Life Guard Station is a thrilling adventure for one brave little Gerbil. In spite of the struggle to keep everyone organized Grandfathers Al and Gus find they enjoy being on vacation as much their children. Even a rainy day, which all most all vacations have, is great fun at an indoor miniature golf course. One day while the family is playing on the beach one of the little Gerbils wanders off to play in a large sand castle. The rest of the Gerbil clan goes into panic mode but all is well in the end. There is plenty of sand, fishing, go-carts and even a lost little Gerbil to make this vacation memorable. The large Gerbil family votes it their best vacation ever.
About the author
I am a History and English teacher by profession. I have a BFA. from Ohio University and an M.ED. from the University of Pittsburgh. I served as Co-Director of a small nonpublic school. I started writing the Harmony Tails when my children were young. After they were grown I continued to work on the stories. Over the years, I have become very fond of Harmony. My stories are written to be read to and by children. We live in a scary and harsh world. Through books and other media we can escape to a lovely little place where a large family of Gerbils can go to the beach for vacation. Thankfully, I was born to a family who loved books. Through writing I hope to teach and encourage people.
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