Almost time

by Schmidt, Gary D.,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Moonlight highlights the bare-branched trees of winter as a little boy asks, Is the sap running yet? Not until the days get warmer, answers Dad. On Sunday morning, there isn't any syrup on Ethan's cornbread. And next week, no syrup on his oatmeal. Plus, his loose tooth hasn't come out yet. Finally, days get warmer, the tooth comes out, and the sap starts to run. As the two collect the sap in buckets, tend the fire beneath the pans, boil the sap, and bottle it, breakfast is pancakes with sweet maple syrup. The final picture of a contented boy and a cuddly teddy bear is comfortable and sweet as the reward for a long wait is at last realized. Karas' distinctive mixed-media illustrations with muted hues and delicate lines expressively show the tenderness between father and child, emphasizing the perceived slowness of time passing and the difficulty of waiting. Each detailed picture has blurred borders for the cameos, contrasting with full-page depictions of the woods in both day and night.--Lolly Gepson Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Expectation (Psychology) -- Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
Maple syrup -- Juvenile fiction.
Expectation (Psychology) -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Maple syrup -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :2020
Contributors Stickney, Elizabeth, author.
Karas, G. Brian, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9780544785816
0544785819
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