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.
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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.From Booklist:
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). Kay Weisman
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