Almost Time
Almost Time

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Annotation: A tender father-and-son story about the passage of time, the arrival of spring, and the excitement of reaching a goal.
Catalog Number: #199312
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Karas, G. Brian,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-544-78581-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-6448-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-544-78581-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-6448-3
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018051995
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Set in maple sugaring country, this tale by Schmidt (Pay Attention, Carter Jones) and Stickney (the pen name of Schmidt-s late wife) examines the difficulty of waiting for exciting things when they unfold at the natural world-s pace. Ethan knows what season it is by the breakfast he-s served: -When Ethan had to eat his pancakes with applesauce instead of maple syrup one Sunday morning, he knew it was almost sugaring time.- But it-s still several weeks before the days are warm enough for the sap to run. Illustrations by Karas (Night Job) use soft, wintry colors with grainy textures as Ethan discovers a loose tooth (-Now Ethan had two things to wait for-). He spends his days wiggling his tooth, sledding, and trying -not to think about maple syrup.- When the tooth comes out and the sap runs at last (a spread shows pails hanging on the family-s trees), Ethan and his dad share the work of making syrup, captured in a series of panel illustrations. Schmidt-s story centers on a single-parent household, with a father who pays quiet attention to his son (-How-s that tooth?-), and shows him that waiting is part of life. Ages 4-7. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Young Ethan and his faithful teddy try to understand why they must wait for sugaring time to bring maple syrup back to their breakfast table for pancakes, corn bread, and oatmeal. His dad patiently explains the need to wait for warmer temperatures and shorter nights before tapping the trees, but the child repeatedly asks, "How long?" Things get really tough when Ethan also has to wait for a loose tooth to come out. The tooth and sap finally cooperate on the same day. Readers get to see a bit of the syrup process from tree to table. Karas's mixed media illustrations are bold and dynamic. Indoor scenes of Ethan and his dad are warm and cozy, while the cold, crisp outdoor scenes are starkly evocative. VERDICT In addition to promoting the value of patience, Schmidt's story will also be valuable for early study of changing seasons and teaching where food comes from. A fine choice for most collections. Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Starred Review for Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (12/1/19)
Word Count: 350
Reading Level: 2.7
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 508068 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD500L

A tender father-and-son story about the passage of time, the change of seasons, and the excitement of reaching a goal. Eager for maple syrup, Ethan can't wait till sugaring time rolls around. And he can't wait till his loose tooth falls out. But his father keeps telling him it's not time yet, and no matter how hard he tries, he can't make time pass more quickly. The closeness of father and son is evident throughout as they wait and then celebrate the end of waiting. The brief, lyrical text is illuminated by G. Brian Karas's beautifully composed, evocative illustrations.

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