Saturday, June 30, 2012

Highlights from Waterloo Region - Spotlight on Children's Picture Books



This feature was created in order to spotlight books which have been written by or set in the Waterloo Region of Ontario, Canada. You can click through to the archive if you would like to see a list of books local to the region.

Today's spotlight is on:

Winterberries and Apple Blossoms: Reflections and Flavors of a Mennonite Year
Author - Nan Forler
Illustrator - Peter Etril Snyder
Publisher - Tundra Books
Date - 2011
# of pages - 40
Age - All ages (children)

With an evocative poem for every month of the year, young Naomi introduces us to her family and hosts a journey through the seasonal rhythms of her rural Mennonite community.

In the winter there’s a quilting bee with chattering, friendly women to warm the frigid night, visits to a general store with all its treasures, and the awakening of the sap in the sugar bush. Spring months bring the hard work of clearing the fields and the sweet reward of shoofly pies. Under the hot summer sun there’s home-made ice cream, baseball to play, and a horse-drawn buggy to drive. Then it’s autumn when the shy narrator must help sell produce at the road-ide stand, while she thinks of the snows to come. And all year long there are delicious, child-friendly recipes to make and sample.

The poems and recipes are perfectly complemented by Peter Etril Snyder’s lovely paintings. Winterberries and Apple Blossoms is a beautifully produced book, perfect for gift-giving, or sharing with anyone who appreciates simple, enduring values.

Local connection:  Local author and illustrator

You can view this book on Goodreads

 

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