Jam and Jelly by Holly and Nellie

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Holly's family lives a simple life in northern Michigan, enjoying the bounty of the earth and very much in step with the rhythm of the changing seasons. But times are hard and a cold winter is coming. Without a warm coat, Holly might not be able to start school. Readers will delight in Mama's solution to Holly's predicament. National Book Award winner Gloria Whelan's lyrical prose is beautifully matched by detailed paintings from Michigan artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen. ...
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Overview

Holly's family lives a simple life in northern Michigan, enjoying the bounty of the earth and very much in step with the rhythm of the changing seasons. But times are hard and a cold winter is coming. Without a warm coat, Holly might not be able to start school. Readers will delight in Mama's solution to Holly's predicament. National Book Award winner Gloria Whelan's lyrical prose is beautifully matched by detailed paintings from Michigan artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.

A Nellie and her mother pick berries all summer in order to make enough money so that Nellie can get a coat to wear to school in the winter.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The rewards of hard work and a worthy goal is the theme of Whelan's (Homeless Bird) appealingly sweet story set in northern Michigan, "where the winter wind lays hold of you and the snow falls until everything is like a sheet of white paper." Though it is still summer as the tale opens, Mama knows that Holly will need a warm coat and boots when she starts school in the fall. Papa replies that Holly will have to stay home when the weather gets bad ("You can't expect money from carrots that grow in sand or cabbages that have to push away rocks on their way up"). But Mama is determined: "When I was Holly's age I missed school half the winter. Ever since, my learning's got big holes in it." Although van Frankenhuyzen's (Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot) close-up portraits can be stilted, he excels at lush, luminous paintings of mother and daughter picking five varieties of berries as each comes into season. A summertime spread of a blue heron and mother duck followed by a quintet of ducklings, a trout barely visible under the river's surface, provides convincing evidence of why the family would be willing to weather the harsh winters. The yield from the berry pickers (with some promotional help from Papa) clinches a mother-daughter triumph, as the closing image of the smiling, cherubic child standing in the swirling snow, snug in a fur-lined, hooded red coat, attests. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A sweet story with undertones of strength. Nellie is determined to buy her daughter a good winter coat and boots in order to get to school throughout the northern Michigan winter. She is adamant about coming up with the money because she often had to stay home as a child and feels that her "learning's got big holes in it" as a result. Nellie is nevertheless a wonderful teacher, showing Holly not only the importance of an education, but also teaching her about the various woodland animals and birds they encounter as they gather berries for jams to sell. Holly's father shows his love and support by building a roadside stand to display their wares. The full-page oil paintings emphasize how rich this family really is-in love and in their life at the edge of the forest. Van Frankenhuyzen's paintings are luminous and play up the passing seasons. When Holly finally gets her winter clothing, her face is priceless, proud and glowing. Most importantly, she has learned the joy of achieving a goal. The lining pages offer recipes for all of the jams so readers may become inspired to do some berry picking of their own.-Susan Marie Pitard, formerly at Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585361090
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Sleeping Bear Picture Books
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 518,058
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Whelan
Gloria Whelan

National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan weaves rich historical detail into this compelling mystery. Ms. Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers, including Homeless Bird, winner of the National Book Award, Parade of Shadows, and Listening for Lions. She lives in northern Michigan.

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