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Almost Time

By: Gary D. Schmidt

Elizabeth Stickney

Illustrator: G. Brian Karas

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.

Full-color illustrations created in pencil and digital color.

ISBN: 9780544785816

JLG Release: Mar 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Expectations (psychology) , Fathers and sons , Maple syrup , Sugar maple , Winter , Seasons , Anticipation , Loose teeth

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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 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. 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.

Book Details

ISBN

9780544785816

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Clarion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Expectations (psychology), Fathers and sons, Maple syrup, Sugar maple, Winter, Seasons, Anticipation, Loose teeth,

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Book Genres

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