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Nora and Gramp are collecting sap from maple trees to make maple syrup. The horses, Bonnie and Stella, are working hard, too, pulling the heavy sap tank through the snow from tree to tree. This third story about Nora and her grandparents brings the beautyof a Vermont farm in early spring vividly to life.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K?This third book featuring young Nora and her grandparents finds them engaged in the late winter ritual of sugaring on their small Vermont family farm. With its comforting tone, the smoothly written story is about giving and caring as well as the process of converting sap into syrup. As Nora helps her grandfather pour the sap from the trees, she attempts to give the patient workhorses a taste. Her efforts to reward them mirror the stages of the syrup: it flows through her fingers as sap from the tree; it's sticky, but still too runny after it has been boiled down to syrup; but is just right to give as a treat to the horses when Gram boils it down further into hard maple sugar. The realistic watercolor illustrations effectively capture the scenes; color and texture are skillfully used to depict the cold, hard job of gathering the sap and the hot steamy atmosphere of the sugar house. This satisfying story will be a welcome addition during any season.?Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NY
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Ages 3^-7. In this sequel to
Mowing (1994) and
No Foal Yet (1995), Nora helps Gramp make maple syrup and sugar. The two collect sap from the maple trees and transport it on a horse-drawn rig to their sugarhouse, where the sticky liquid boils for many hours in a long pan atop a special wood-burning stove. At just the right time, they pour off some thick maple syrup, leaving the rest to boil longer and turn into maple sugar. This fictionalized portrayal allows Nora to take center stage in the sugaring process, and although adults may question the safety of Nora's standing so close to an open pan of boiling syrup, listeners will benefit from a close-up view of the entire procedure. Smith's watercolor-and-colored-pencil illustrations convey the close relationship between Nora and her grandparents as well as each stage of the sugaring. Aimed at a younger audience than Kathryn Lasky's
Sugaring Time (1983), this can be paired with Diane Burns'
Sugaring Season (1990) or the sugaring chapters from Wilder's
Little House in the Big Woods (1987).
About the Author
Jessie Haas is the author of numerous acclaimed books for young people, including Unbroken, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, a Parent's Choice Gold Award winner, a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and CCBC Choice. Her most recent novel, Shaper, won a Golden Kite Honor Award.
Jos. A. Smith, illustrator of
Hurry! by Jessie Haas,
Ogres! Ogres! Ogres!: A Feasting Frenzy from A to Z by Nicholas Heller, and
A Creepy Countdown by Charlotte Huck, lives in New York City.