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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618186557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618186556
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As her brothers and sisters argue about where they want to move when they grow up, the narrator asks her siblings to think of all the things they'd miss. When her brothers retort, "Who'd miss sugaring?" Kinsey-Warnock (A Farm of Her Own) describes the steps involved in collecting the sap and making it into syrup while Azarian's (Snowflake Bentley) full-spread woodcut illustration shows the family in the sugarhouse, snacking on aunt Eunice's doughnuts as they wait for the sap to boil. Season by season, the author (who bases the volume on her own memories) recounts the activities they share-looking for newborn kittens in the haymow, rescuing neighbors' trucks during the "mud season"-each one conveying a sense of family and community togetherness. The brothers' quips keep the narrative from becoming sentimental ("Even you wouldn't miss picking stone," her brothers say, reminding her of their least favorite spring chore). The author and artist remain on this side of nostalgia by grounding the story in a great deal of specific details about farming and the rhythms of nature. Concluding photos underscore the story's authenticity. Most readers will be not at all surprised to learn, at story's end, that the author and all of her siblings have remained in Vermont to carry on their family traditions. Ages 5-9.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-"My brothers and sister and I grew up on a farm of steep, wooded hills and fields with rocks as big as your head." During the long Vermont winter, the young narrator and her brothers argue about moving away when they grow up. The discussion begins during a gathering around the wood stove and ranges over days and nights and through the seasons as the girl recounts things they all do during the year, some that they might miss, and some that they'd be glad to leave behind. Maple sugaring numbs the hands and feet with bone-chilling cold, but they all love the taste of the maple candy and their aunt's doughnuts. The muddy spring followed by fence building and clearing stones from the field, hot days of haying and evenings of fishing for supper, the planting of vegetables and the harvest, and skiing right off the barn roof all unfold in the spare narrative and hand-tinted woodcuts. Azarian uses both facing scenes and full-spread views to create a fine sense of people and place. The cheerful view of family and farm comes round to the Christmas pageant at church, and a final page reveals where the siblings and cousins live as adults. It's all a bit nostalgic but the story will surely strike a familiar chord in many families, and it should be eye-opening to readers for whom life on a farm is quite different from their own experiences.
Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy T on July 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
An awesome book for children (any anyone who has ever lived or loved Vermont). Kinsey-Warnock's story telling style brings back many fond memories and is enlightening to those who have never lived on a farm (anywhere) or never visted rural Vermont.

Her pros and cons way of reflecting the memories of a child are little lessons that can be applied to any experience in life....every time, every season, every task has a little bit of good memories and also some memories we would like to forget.

Delightful.
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This book captures the spirit of life in rural Vermont (or New Hampshire, where I live) and sheds light on both the joys and hardships of the farming life. All of the protagonist's big brothers want to move away, but she grows knowing that all that she needs and loves is right where she lives. Even though this book takes place over past decades, it's message of contentment and celebration of simplicity ring more true today than ever.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will read it to my great-grandchildren and to children at my church. The life of a farmer is hard, but very rewarding and that comes through in this book. It's great for adults as well as children.
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By Kirstine Cisneros on May 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
When my 3 year old chooses From Dawn Till Dusk, I always am glad to read it. The story is warm and the illustrations are fun. I love this feel-good book of simple times growing up!
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