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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.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published October 31st 1996 by Greenwillow Books
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Aug 12, 2014 Gundula rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in maple syrup
Sugaring by Jessie Haas, with 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...more
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Apr 15, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all kids; fans of horses, grandparent-grandchild stories, maple sugar-syrup
Recommended to Lisa by: Gundula
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...more
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...more
Dec 21, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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.
Shanna Gonzalez
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 painti...more
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.
It's a very sweet book. Pun intended. ^_^
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Jessie Haas has written over 35 books for children and adults, many about horses--a lifelong passion. She currently owns a Morgan mare, Robin, who is being clicker-trained to be a trail and pasture-dressage horse. She lives in a small, off-grid house in the woods with husband Michael J. Daley, two cats and a dog. When not writing or riding or reading she likes to knit, cook, and write, or ride, or...more
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