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Jam & Honey by Melita Morales
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
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Old Man's War by John Scalzi
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A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine
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Comments for Jam & Honey

Jam & Honey: 10/22/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Jam & Honey by Melita Morales is reminiscent of Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. Instead of a girl and a bear, it's girl and bee. But the goal is the same again: collecting food for the winter.

The first half of this rhyming tale is told from the point of view of the girl who is hunting for berries. She nd her amother will be making jam. The girl picks berries from an urban berry patch, one of those community run gardens that are gaining popularity.

The second half is told from the bee she meets while picking berries. The bee repeats a similar rhyme to the girl, except that she is in search of nectar for honey. The bee, like the bear cub, is just as nervous about the girl as she is of seeing the bee.

The book was a perfect summertime read. It's a time when the farmer's market is going and the local beekeeper is selling locally produced honey. Meanwhile at home we are picking and canning plums from our trees.

Five stars

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