Molasses Man

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Holiday House, 2000 - African Americans - 32 pages
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On a warm afternoon in late summer, when the sorghum cane is ripe and ready, Grandpa decides it's time to make molasses. There is so much to do. The cane needs to be cut. Then the juice needs to be squeezed out and cooked, ever so slowly, until it's dark brown and thick with sweetness. Everyone helps. And everyone knows that Grandpa makes the best molasses ever. That's why he's called Molasses Man. But one day someone else will take over for Grandpa. Who will be the next Molasses Man? With Felicia Marshall's rich paintings and Kathy L. May's illuminating text, this book colorfully describes the making of molasses and the importance of cherished family traditions.

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About the author (2000)

Kathy L. May grew up in Eastern Kentucky. She is now a poet, fiction writer, and college teacher. Before writing "Molasses Man", she and her husband, Garry, spent several days watching and working with molasses makers in rural Virginia, learning not only the process, but also about the value of family, friends, and community working together. Kathy L. May and her husband now live in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their two school-age children, Evan and Lauren.

Felicia Marshall has illustrated a number of books for children, including "Down Home at Miss Dessa's" by Bettye Stroud. She lives in and teaches art in Houston, Texas.

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