Dust jacket notes: "As thousands of readers know, the Trapp family fled from Austria to escape Hitler, and arrived in America nearly penniless to begin a new life as professional musicians. Maria Trapp has told that story in her heart-warming, popular book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Now she shares her family's adventures from the time when she wrote the first book to their final tour I 1955, and in this story are the same elements of love, humor, drama and victory that made the earlier volume memorable. Including enough of their earlier experiences to make this book stand independently, Mrs. Trapp continues the fascinating story of their life in Vermont and on more American and international concert tours. A successful South American tour launched them on a series of international engagements - including a return to Europe and their old home in Austria, where after twelve years' absence they received a royal welcome. They also sang in Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia, and Mrs. Trapp has included here an unforgettable account of their visit to Father Damien's famous Molokai leper colony in Hawaii. A last American tour marked the end of a distinguished musical career for the Trapp Family Singers. Writing in that warm, humorous style characteristic of her other book, Maria Trapp gives the reader a real feeling of sharing her family's joie de vivre and wonder as they fly over the Andes and visit the tomb of St. Peter - and their pleasure in making new friends around the world and returning to old friends at home. Readers will find in A Family on Wheels a wonderful companion to The Story of the Trapp Family Singers."