THE ALMOND ORCHARD by Laura Jane Coats


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Age Range: 6 - 10
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 Narrating in her grandmother's voice, Coats describes raising almonds in California at the turn of the century, when harvesting was handwork done by the family with some neighbors' help and the crop was dried in the sun; the year's cycle is completed with winter pruning and the sweet spring bloom. The narrative continues to the present, with expanded acreage and modern equipment. Both Coats's simple text and her clear, elegantly drawn illustrations are full of authentic detail--and such delights as the lovely orchard shining with blossoms. An exceptionally appealing piece of social history; Coats's most substantial contribution so far. (Picture book. 6-10)*justify no*

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-02-719041-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1991