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Filled with stunning woodcut illustrations, a fascinating picture book captures life on the farm throughout the year, from chores such as chopping wood in the fall and weeding in the summer, to fun activities such as night-swimming in the pond in the summer and skiing off the barn roof in the winter. Reprint.
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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
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Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110618737502
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0618737502