Kathy May Molasses Man

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Molasses Man

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In a book which describes the making of molasses and the importance of cherished family traditions, Grandpa decides it is time to make molasses and wonders who in the family will be the next molasses man.

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Kathy L. May grew up in Eastern Kentucky. She is now a poet, fiction writer, and college teacher. Before writing "Molasses Man", she and her husband, Garry, spent several days watching and working with molasses makers in rural Virginia, learning not only the process, but also about the value of family, friends, and community working together. Kathy L. May and her husband now live in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their two school-age children, Evan and Lauren.

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Ages 4-8. Children nowadays may be familiar with molasses only as it's used in gingerbread or cookies. May looks at how the thick, brown syrup is made, presenting the process through the eyes of a young boy. Marshall's color-drenched paintings capture the action as members of an African American family work together to cut the canes and grind them in a juicer, pour the juice into the cooker, and stir it while it thickens. Grandpa, the Molasses Man, knows exactly when the sticky stuff has cooked long enough and when it's time to pour it into the jars that will be sold by the roadside. In an author's note, May describes the tradition of the "stir-in," when friends and family gather to make molasses and enjoy a big meal, conversation, and music. A down-home story of familial love and tradition, with all the makings of a sweet read. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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