Nora and Gramp are collecting sap from maple trees to make maple syrup. The horses, Bonnie and Stella, are working hard, too, pulling the heavy sap tank through the snow from tree to tree. This third story about Nora and her grandparents brings the beautyof a Vermont farm in early spring vividly to life....
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Sugaring, written by Jessie Haas, with accompanying illustrations by Jos. A Smith, is not only an engagingly narrated, informative account of the early spring "sugaring" process (maple syrup production) at a grandfather's sugarbush, it is also a loving tribute to the special relationship between Gramp and his granddaughter Nora. Jessie Haas' narrative is exquisite, slow, flowing and sweet, capturing both the loving relationship between Nora and her grandfather, but also the slow, sweet and rewarding process of maple syrup production. I just love how the grandfather, although clearly in charge of the maple syrup production process, has enough confidence in his granddaughter's abilities to delegate some of the easier tasks to her (of course, Gramp does not allow Nora to put logs onto the fire, but she is allowed to watch the boiling syrup by herself when Gramp has to get more firewood). The calm love and respect that emanates from both Nora and her grandfather is as sweet and as fragrant as the maple syrup being produced; one mirrors the other (and perfectly at that).As a horse enthusiast, I was and remain tickled by the fact that horses are used to haul the syrup, and that both Nora and her grandfather seem to view them as partners, and not just as a form of cheap, unpaid labour to be exploited at will. Bonnie and Stella are given treats of maple syrup and maple candy (not good for their teeth, of course, but this is a special occasion) and both Nora and Gramp are always aware of and concerned for their welfare. I also much appreciate the fact that the author has Nora being slightly nipped in the hand by Bonnie when she tries to feed her in the wrong manner. Horses should always be fed with a flat hand, and I have seen far too many avoidable injuries caused when people unaware of this fact try to feed horses the wrong way and end up accidentally getting their fingers caught in horses' mouthes (horse teeth are strong and sharp). The second time Nora has a chance to feed the horses (with maple sugar), she remembers her previous experience and holds her hand flat so that her fingers are well out of the way (out of potential harm's way).The illustrations by Jos. A. Smith are quite simply spectacular. Akin to a series of exquisite, realistic paintings, they capture the essence of the sugaring process as well as the loving, respectful relationship between grandfather and granddaughter (and the horses as well, of course), both complementing the narrative and expanding it. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the sugaring process, and Sugaring is also a perfect book for grandparents to share with their grandchildren. Five stars!
When Bonnie and Stella and Nora and her grandfather ate their maple sugar, I ate mine too. Yum!Thanks to Goodreads’ friend Gundula, I’m reading (and eating my way through) several maple syrup related children’s picture books.This is a lovely story, and should be especially enjoyed by those who appreciate grandchildren and grandparents stories and stories about horses. I love it when children’s picture books are written with respect and here the story is worthy of a much longer book and of books for readers of all ages. The language is lovely and the cadence fits the story so well. And I love how the horses’ welfare is taken into consideration. I also enjoyed how often the word special is used, and how the relationships and occurrences in this book do feel special.According to the inside cover, this is the third story about Nora and her grandparents. Had I known that, it’s likely I’d have read the first two books first. However, this is a fine standalone book; had I not read that it was a third book, I wouldn’t have guessed there were other stories about Nora and her grandparents.The illustrations have a wonderful old fashioned wintry feel, the movement and positions of the horses is terrific, and the maple syrup and sugar looks enticing, especially as it is being made.4 ½ stars
Beyond just an informative story about where maple syrup comes from and how it is made, this story of a girl helping her grandfather during sugaring time celebrates the season, nature and animals. I love how the little girl always thinks of the horses (who help pull the sled with the buckets) and wants to reward them with some of the sweet maple syrup they help collect. I definitely wanted some maple syrup candy after I read this! Recommended for children interested in learning where maple syrup comes from, or for a slightly different glimpse at an activity associated with the arrival of spring.
This is a wonderful tale about collecting the sap from maple trees and boiling it down to make maple syrup and candy out of it. It's also a sweet story about the close relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter as they spend time together in this activity. Though it never specifies where they are, the author lives in Vermont and the grandfather wears a Boston Red Sox hat, so I assume they are in New England.
This is MY KIND OF BOOK for a LOT of reasons! Do you wanna know WHY? Because one, it’s got SNOW. Two, it’s about VERMONT. Three, it’s got lots of facts. And four, it’s also a STORY. So one plus two plus three plus four means it’s a GREAT one.This one explained so much to me. Like how they make syrup, and what those buckets are that are all hanging on the trees in the woods, and why they do it in spring, and how they make the syrup with a fire, and EVERYTHING.There was some dumb Curious George book about making maple syrup but it didn’t have anywhere NEAR the facts that this one does.But that’s the other part of this one, is that it’s also a STORY, about this girl Nora and her grandpa who makes syrup, and those two horses who help out and bite Nora when she tries to give them syrup. Because they thought SHE was candy!The internet says the woman who did this one is from VERMONT. I could have guessed that!And in the book, the girl’s grandpa has a RED SOX cap. I’d have a Baltimores one but I’m unique.We really need to buy this one and then Mikey can read it too and learn about syrup!
Nora and her grandfather, with the help of two horses, tap the maple trees on their Vermont farm and boil the sap into syrup. At one point Gramp leaves Nora alone, and she adds a drop of cream when the syrup boils up, preventing it from boiling out of the pan. She also takes initiative to share sap and syrup with the horses.The family members are dressed in modern clothes, but their practice is an old one, as is their equipment. Haas' writing is excellent, and Smith's evocative watercolor paintings vividly render the crisp outdoor cold, which contrasts with the steamy indoor warmth in the boiling shed. Nora's generosity toward the horses is reminiscent of biblical admonitions for people to care for their animals that serve them (Deuteronomy 25:4; Proverbs 12:10). The relational bond between grandparents and grandchild is nearly tangible, and Nora's participation in this exciting grown-up work is an excellent example of the privileges that come with responsibility. This is an excellent story for helping children understand how maple syrup is made.
It's a very sweet book. Pun intended. ^_^
A good simple explanation of getting sap from a maple tree and turning it into maple sugar, appropriate for preschoolers.
In Tracyland, where she has her alpaca's, sheep, chickens and a garden, there will be maple trees to make maple syrup. I liked this book very much.