Packed with information yet steeped in warmth, this is the story of an almond orchard planted in 1900 by the author's great great-grandfather and managed to this day by the author's grandmother. More than a family history, this is a fascinating study of the evolution of almond farming in this century.
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Kindergarten-Grade 4-- In this fine book, Coats combines a slice of agrarian history with a warm evocation of her grandmother's experiences on a California almond farm from the turn of the century to the present. The life cycle of the almond tree, the procedure for harvesting and preparing the nuts for market, and the many products in which they are used are all woven into the narrative in a simple yet skillful explanation. Coats conveys the passage of time by describing how the processing stage has developed over the years and in drawings that show changes in both equipment and dress. At the story's end, the narrator is an old woman who runs her inherited business from afar but always goes home when the orchard is in bloom. Illustrations are well integrated with the text and extend it, clarifying unfamiliar terms such as "smudge pot" and "mechanical shaker." The scenes are technically well executed and convey not only information but also feelings. A nice glimpse of American life, presented without sentimentality.
- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Narrating in her grandmother's voice, Coats describes raising almonds in California at the turn of the century, when harvesting was handwork done by the family with some neighbors' help and the crop was dried in the sun; the year's cycle is completed with winter pruning and the sweet spring bloom. The narrative continues to the present, with expanded acreage and modern equipment. Both Coats's simple text and her clear, elegantly drawn illustrations are full of authentic detail--and such delights as the lovely orchard shining with blossoms. An exceptionally appealing piece of social history; Coats's most substantial contribution so far. (Picture book. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027190412
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027190412
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0027190412