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Maple Syrup Season

by Ann Purmell
Illustrated by Jill Weber

Published by Holiday House,
32 pages
ISBN: 978-0823418916

Ages 5-9

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“’Sap’s rising!” Grandpa shouts. The family cheers and claps mittened hands.” So begins maple syrup season for the Brockwell family. Cousins, moms, dads, and grandparents all lend a hand in the multi-step process for making maple syrup. From tapping trees to hanging buckets and from boiling sap to testing the grade, this age-old harvest is described in clear and friendly language. Pastoral artwork shows inviting scenes of the snowy woods and the steamy sugarhouse while a contemporary feel is portrayed through the family’s winter wear and the modern machinery. A variety of creative page layouts offer different perspectives for viewing the syrup-making timeline—including the tangential antics of sugar-thirsty woodland creatures. Before all the fresh syrup is bottled up, the family takes a break to make some maple taffy in the snow—a sweet reward for all their hard work. Maple Syrup Season offers a cozy and inviting glimpse at a family tradition and an understandable introduction to food production. A section on maple syrup lore and a maple syrup glossary are included in the back of the book. (TM) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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