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Alongside his grandpa, a young boy shares the tasks involved in making maple syrup the old-fashioned way. From tapping the trees to boiling the sap, the two spend many hours working side by side in the woods. Their reward is a delicious breakfast of pancakes and "the best syrup in the whole world." This is more than a story about syrup-making. It is the story of the grandfather's bond with nature and how he transfers this feeling to his grandson. Janet Wilson's rich oil paintings capture all the signs of spring's arrival in the sugar bush and the loving relationship between the boy and his grandpa.
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Margaret Carney is an avid naturalist whose picture books include Where Does a Tiger-Heron Spend the Night? and At Grandpa’s Sugar Bush. She lives in southern Ontario.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 1?In a clear, simple text, the author tells the story of a young boy and his grandfather enjoying their annual rite of making maple syrup on grandfather's farm in Canada. They drill the holes in the trees, gather the sap in buckets (no plastic tubing here), and cook it over an open fireplace. They enjoy tasting the sap, smelling its sweetness in the air as it cooks, and, finally, pouring the tasty syrup on grandma's pancakes. The realistic, brightly colored oil paintings glow with the beauty of the woods in early spring, and with the pleasure these two share in being together. The illustrations follow the process of making the syrup as it is described in the narrative, making it accessible to young children. This book is similar to Jessie Haas's Sugaring (Greenwillow, 1996). Together or separately, these books describe well a beloved family tradition in northern rural life.?Virginia Golodetz, Children's Literature New England, Burlington, VT
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Book Description Kids Can Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111550743414
Book Description Kids Can Press, 1997. Condition: New. Janet Wilson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1550743414