A French-Canadian grandmother reminisces about her first sugaring-off party, complete with music, dancing, and lots of food. The primitive-style pictures are lush and colorful.
|Publisher:||Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Gilles Pelletier's colorful paintings adorned antique furniture, old tools, and even milk cans for years before he illustrated his first children's book. In fact, it was an interest in collecting and restoring antiques that led him into the world of art. Pelletier's highly colorful work is enhanced by his sense of humour and love of tradition. He, his wife and several cats live in Ormstown, Quebec, in a house reminiscent of the one he painted for A Happy New Year's Day, his first picture book.
Jonathan London has written many books for children, including Dream Weaver, illustrated by Rocco Baviera, and most recently, Froggy's Baby Sister. Jonathan lives with his wife, Maureen, and their two sons, Sean and Aaron, in Northern California. He and his sons often go hiking in the hills near their home.
"This charming slice-of-life story takes young readers on a fun-filled adventure and offers them a glimpse of an unusual cultural tradition."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In Jonathan London's The Sugaring-Off Party, Paul's grandmother recalls her first sugaring-off. She describes the thrills of the winter Canadian tradition, which includes dancing, music, feasting, and joyful competition. Meanwhile, Paul listens quietly to the beautiful language London expresses through the narrative of Grand-mere. Through Lodon's careful and alluring word choice, the book will make children drool with his descriptions of homemade muffins and jams. The Sugaring-Off Party can teach younger children te beauty and music of language. However, with paragraphs on every other page, it may intimidate a younger child. Perhaps it will be more effective when read to preschoolers or first graders as a sort of lullaby to assure a night of pleasant dreams. Although the writing is excellent, in some ways, the illustrations are monotonous, for it seems as though the colors are used again and again in the pages. The colors are not bright, but perhaps this was done on purpose by Gilles Pelletier to give the cold, lurid mood of the winter. The details of the small foods are delicate and well-done, but the bigger general illustrations are more disappointing. It is recommended that the reader look closely at the pictures to appreciate their fine details. Overall, this paperback is a book of warmth, family, and tradition, which are all most essential to a child's life. One can almost feel the warmth of the sugaring-off despite the cold and unforgiving winter when turning the pages of this pleasant book. Sure to delight the young, it will also cause adults to reflect upon innocent pasts.