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Sugaring

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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.

Nora wants to find a way to give the horses a special treat for helping her grandfather and her gather sap to make maple syrup.

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Overview

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.

Nora wants to find a way to give the horses a special treat for helping her grandfather and her gather sap to make maple syrup.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
For those of us who've never witnessed it, there is a charm and timelessness to the process of sugaring maple trees. Maybe that's why there are so many picture books on the subject. This is one of the best. There's something for everyone here. There are illustrations that bring the reader right up close to the action. There are short descriptive passages that simply explain a complicated process. And there's a satisfying story of how one girl, her grandparents, and their horses perform the alchemy that turns tree sap into sugar.
School Library Journal
PreS-KThis 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688142001
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 446,304
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet 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.

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