Sugarbush Spring

Sugarbush Spring

by Marsha Wilson Wilson Chall, Jim Daly
     
 

In the month of the Maple Sugar Moon, the snow's too wet for angel making, icicles rain from Grandpa's porch roof, and something is stirring in the woods. It's sugarbush spring—time to tap the trees, prepare the bottles, then gather round the cook fire to eat chicken and dumplings, roast marshmallows, and tell stories while the cold sap heats through, thickens,…  See more details below

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In the month of the Maple Sugar Moon, the snow's too wet for angel making, icicles rain from Grandpa's porch roof, and something is stirring in the woods. It's sugarbush spring—time to tap the trees, prepare the bottles, then gather round the cook fire to eat chicken and dumplings, roast marshmallows, and tell stories while the cold sap heats through, thickens, and boils to make syrup.

Chall's timeless story and Daly's glowing paintings invite children to share in the pleasure of making maple syrup—a process that's the same today as it was two hundred years ago.In the month of the Maple Sugar Moon, icicles rain from Grandpa's porch roof and something is stirring in the woods. It's sugarbush spring-time to tap the trees, then gather round the cook fire to roast marshmallows and tell stories while the cold sap thickens and boils to make maple syrup.In the month of the Maple Sugar Moon, icicles rain from Grandpa's porch roof and something is stirring in the woods. It's sugarbush spring-time to tap the trees, then gather round the cook fire to roast marshmallows and tell stories while the cold sap thickens and boils to make maple syrup.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This evocative tale illuminates life on a northern farm in early spring, when "the snow's too wet for angel making" and the sap's on the rise. The girl narrator rides with her grandfather on a horse-drawn sleigh filled with pails to hang on the taps they will soon place in the sugar maples. As the two search for prospects, Grandpa explains how to pick them: one tree is too old to tap ("She's given and given till she's nearly given out") and another is too young ("She needs all the sugar she makes this year. She'll be ready when she fills up your arms"). Chall (Up North at the Cabin) maintains this folksy yet informative tone throughout her account, marrying concrete information, such as the 219-degree boiling point of the sap, with more atmospheric descriptions of the sugarhouse itself. Rendered in oil on board, Daly's (Mother, I Love You) nearly photographic paintings endow the picturesque interior and outdoor settings with a feeling of timelessness. The artist's devotion to detail--the gleam of light on freshly washed glass jars that will be filled with syrup and the distinct grain of the wood on the sugarhouse walls--contributes to the tactile quality of the volume. Ages 6-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Handsome full-color paintings invite the reader to enter into a family's seasonal excitement. Vivid words provide our senses with the sights, the sounds, the smells and the feels and the taste of maple sugar in the making. As a little girl examines the sap for bugs and specks and wonders why the sap runs and why it stops dripping a little while after tapping the tree, her grandfather satisfies her curiosity. He also explains how to hug a tree to decide if it is the right age for taking its gift of sap. All equipment is shown in detail and the job each family member carries out is clearly presented. Even telling what they do together to pass the time during the long cooking and cooling process gives the reader a sense of being there. The awareness that this is a continuing cycle is comforting. Bringing the story full circle, the child and her grandfather look forward to another year when they will again fill their arms with trees. A note on metric conversions will interest older children and teachers. 2000, Lothrop Lee & Shepard Books/William Morrow, Ages 4 to 9, $16.00 and $15.93. Reviewer: Margarette Reid
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-It is the month of the Maple Sugar Moon in Minnesota-time to collect the sap from the old family sugar bush, and Grandpa invites his youngest granddaughter to help him with this annual event. It is she who tells this warm, engaging story of how hundreds of gallons of sap are turned into the precious maple syrup. Grandpa continues to use the old bucket-drop method of gathering sap, not the modern vacuum-tube system. The girl also tells about the important traditions that surround this event: everyone pitching in to help, enjoying Grandma's chicken and dumplings in the sugarhouse, and playing games until the syrup is ready. The descriptive language draws readers into the scene effectively. One can almost feel the "maple steam" that fills the sugarhouse and experience the "cotton-candy sweet" smell in the air. The somewhat idealized, detailed, bright, double-page oil paintings are equally effective. This book is great as a read-aloud for introducing children anywhere to maple sugaring, or for young readers to enjoy on their own. There is a lot of similarity between this book and Jessie Haas's Sugaring (Greenwillow, 1996) and Margaret Carney's At Grandpa's Sugar Bush (Kids Can, 1998). Chall expands on these earlier titles by including more details.-Virginia Golodetz, Children's Literature New England, Burlington, VT Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688149086
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.61(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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