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November 19, 2008


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Folksy. Love it. Anything that whispers Norman Rockwell. That said, can't wait for Thanksgiving!

Happy T. Day in advance, Ms. Gottawrite. The illustrations don't resemble Norman Rockwell's, more Kathy Jakobsen's, if I had to make a comparison. Patricia Polacco was obviously inspired by Rockwell, but that's another post altogether!

Hi love the maple sugaring time of year. A few years ago a disease wiped out many of the maple trees in our community. There used to be buckets hanging all over town, now it's a treat to see one of the buckets there. I wish my children could appreciate the visual sign of changing seasons that I grew up with.

That's terrible about the maple trees. They're so beautiful. I love seeing the buckets, too, even though they're usually just at the nature center...

My Dad took the kids maple sugaring a few years ago when we were in Massachusetts, I would love to read that book too my students then show them pictures of my kids and my Dad from that day.

I remember my kids being totally aw-struck when they came home - they couldn't believe that the stuff on their pancakes came form a TREE!

I bet your kids had a ball that day, Kathy. How fun!

When I was reading your post, this book reminds me of the book called Just in Time for Christmas, which also relies on syrup.

It's outdoorsy, it's family tradition, it speaks of a simpler time, and to use your word, it's "folksy". I love it!!

Karen, my library has that book--and it's checked in. Yay! Thanks for the tip.

This sounds fun. I have always like the idea of maple syrup coming from trees and the way we get it, even if I am not a maple syrup fan. Reading about it makes me want to try it.

Cari, maybe someone needs to start a molasses-book trend! Molasses was certainly popular when I was growing up down South.

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