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An Amish year
Ammon, Richard.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2000]

Physical Description:
36 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
An Amish girl describes a year in her life and the activities that fill it, from early spring through the following winter.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.6 0.5 42097.
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E184.M45 A455 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E184.M45 A455 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E184.M45 A455 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Told from the viewpoint of a young girl, An Amish Year tells of Amish celebrations and daily routines season to season and includes general reflections on Amish life and culture. In the springtime, Anna and her family participate in Easter festivities and do spring chores, such as planting the garden and housecleaning. Summer is ushered in by the annual school picnic, and Anna and her family make hay and celebrate her birthday. When autumn arrives, it's time for Anna to begin fourth grade in the one-room schoolhouse, and to help her mother can food for the winter. November is the month for Amish weddings, and Thanksgiving and Christmas follow soon after. Winter days bring family gatherings and feasts, as well as quiet time reading or playing games around the woodstove. In this companion book to An Amish Christmas and An Amish Wedding, Richard Ammon and Pamela Patrick evoke the graceful rhythm of work and leisure of an Amish year.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Ammon, the author of several children's books on the Amish, adopts the cycle of seasons as the organizing principal for his latest introduction to life among the Amish. Like An Amish Wedding (1998) and An Amish Christmas (1996), this book has a picture-book format. Each left-hand page carries the lengthy text in which Anna, a fourth-grader, talks about her family, farm, school, chores, games, and holiday fun. On the facing pages, Pamela Patrick's appealing pastel drawings illustrate the text in a style sometimes realistic and sometimes slightly stylized. Despite the first-person telling, this account of Amish life is more compelling for its window into another culture than for Anna's story. The appended author's note offers background information. Recommended for libraries seeking additional material on the Amish in America today. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

An Amish girl takes readers on a journey through all four seasons as she describes her day-to-day chores and activities as well as singular enjoyments such as holidays and weddings. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Ammon relates the seasonal rhythms of Amish life through a girl's account of the foods, quiet celebrations, farm chores, and games from Easter and spring cleaning through fall canning, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. Readers learn first of the many household tasks performed by Amish children and of their low-key holidays. Patrick's pastel illustrations feature realistic figures in traditional garb, outlined against impressionistic backgrounds. Each facing page of text is bordered by a red-and-green quilt design. An author's note gives additional information about the dress, customs, and history of the Old Order Amish, particularly as interpreted by Lancaster (Pennsylvania) families. This book will be useful for students, tourists, or as an accompaniment to stories such as Patricia Polacco's Just Plain Fancy (Bantam, 1990) or Jane Yolen's Raising Yoder's Barn (Little, Brown, 1998).-Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.