Bear Goes Sugaring

ISBN 9780823451142

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by Maxwell Eaton III

Learn how to make syrup the old fashioned way with the help of a friendly bear and her amusingly unhelpful accomplices Dog and Squirrel in this informative comics-style picture book.

Did you know that it takes forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup? "How many pancakes can I eat with that gallon?" wonders Dog.

Every step of the process of making maple syrup is covered in this sweet (but never saccharine) informational picture book by Maxwell Eaton III, the creator of the popular "Truth About" series. It begins with Bear assembling the tools she'll need for the project, continues with a discussion of the types of maples found in the area and why sugar maples are best for tapping, then on to drilling, tapping, evaporation and at the end of the process, real maple syrup and best of all, PANCAKES!

Along the way there are hilarious asides from increasingly ravenous Dog and Squirrel, making this a book as funny as it is informative. Helpful back matter and suggestions for further reading complete the package.

Recommended by the publisher for readers ages 4 - 8 years, but Nest Owner's Note: we do find this book full of information, and we might suggest that the drawings and an abridged selection could be reader for children as young as 4 years, but the entirety of the content could be geared towards 7 years and older.  Most adults would learn a lot from it along the way!

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Softcover, 32 pages.