What-Cha Doing? by Kim Renton, Illus. by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo

Just in time for maple syrup season, this read-aloud picture book makes the perfect introduction to maple syrup, where it comes from and how it is made. From the Chocolate River Publishing press release:

“Grampa’s tapping trees in the sugar bush; Dad’s boiling sap in the evaporator house; Gramma’s making maple butter in the sugar camp; Mom’s wrapping maple cream in the kitchen, and the girls are whacking-packing maple candy in the storage room. Five-year-old Ben is hoping for a sweet treat, but everyone tells him to wait because they aren’t finished yet. Finally, the maple syrup is ready for tasting, but no one can find Ben. Where could he possibly be?”

Author Kim Renton was inspired to write this book by the many questions children ask when they visit her southeastern New Brunswick sugar camp in the spring. With illustrations by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo. You can see more of Tamara’s portfolio at these sites:

*Please note if you choose to purchase this book through Amazon using the link below I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. If you cannot see the Amazon ad below (if you are using an ad blocker, for instance) here is the link: https://amzn.to/2HPRzG0 Thanks!

James M. Fisher is the owner and editor-in-chief of The Miramichi Reader. The Miramichi Reader (TMR) —Canada’s best-regarded source for the finest in new literary releases— highlights noteworthy books and authors across Canada from coast to coast to coast (est. 2015). James works and resides in Miramichi, New Brunswick with his wife and their dog.

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