From Dawn till Dusk

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9780618186556: From Dawn till Dusk

Chopping wood in the fall, hauling sap buckets in the spring, and weeding, howing, and weeding again in the summer: That is life on a farm in the north. It is also seven months of snow; sloppy, impossible mud season; and hot days of haying. Who would miss growing up in such a place?

A love of life and a love of place shines through in Natalie Kinsey-Warnock’s richly imagined prose. Illustrated with Mary Azarian’s beautiful woodcuts, this book reveals how chores lead straight to the best kind of fun: night-swimming in the pond, skiing off the barn roof, and finding new gray kittens in the haymow with their eyes still closed. And at story’s end, readers from cities, towns, and the country will ask themselves, What would we miss most about our home?

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Caldecott Medalist Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener and a skilled and original woodblock artist. Many of her prints are heavily influenced by her love of gardening, and her turn-of-the-century farmhouse is surrounded by gardens that reveal an artist's vision. Mary Azarian received the 1999 Caldecott Medal for SNOWFLAKE BENTLEY, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. She lives, skis, and gardens in Vermont.

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Grade 1-3-"My brothers and sister and I grew up on a farm of steep, wooded hills and fields with rocks as big as your head." During the long Vermont winter, the young narrator and her brothers argue about moving away when they grow up. The discussion begins during a gathering around the wood stove and ranges over days and nights and through the seasons as the girl recounts things they all do during the year, some that they might miss, and some that they'd be glad to leave behind. Maple sugaring numbs the hands and feet with bone-chilling cold, but they all love the taste of the maple candy and their aunt's doughnuts. The muddy spring followed by fence building and clearing stones from the field, hot days of haying and evenings of fishing for supper, the planting of vegetables and the harvest, and skiing right off the barn roof all unfold in the spare narrative and hand-tinted woodcuts. Azarian uses both facing scenes and full-spread views to create a fine sense of people and place. The cheerful view of family and farm comes round to the Christmas pageant at church, and a final page reveals where the siblings and cousins live as adults. It's all a bit nostalgic but the story will surely strike a familiar chord in many families, and it should be eye-opening to readers for whom life on a farm is quite different from their own experiences.
Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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