An Amish Year

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 36 pages
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Spend a year with Anna and her family and learn what it is like to be Amish, from day to day and season to season.

In the springtime, Anna looks forward to Easter festivities, planting the garden, and spring cleaning. Summer begins with the school picnic. On a clear summer day, Anna's family makes hay and afterwards enjoys a picnic with ice cream. In fall, Anna begins fourth grade in the one-room schoolhouse, and at home she helps her mother can fruit for the winter. November is wedding season for the Amish, and Thanksgiving and Christmas follow soon after. Winter is a time for feasting and family gatherings, playing board games, and reading by the warmth of the stove.

Anna's life is full of hard work as well as play, just like the lives of other children her age. As they follow Anna as she does her chores, flies her kite, attends services, and celebrates her birthday, children will appreciate the similarities and differences between Anna's life and their own.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Readers follow a fourth grade Amish girl named Anna through the four seasons in a gentle tale from Ammon (An Amish Christmas, 1996, not reviewed). Perhaps in the spirit of Amish culture, the book does ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

In addition to driving his Old Order Amish friends to horse sales, Richard Ammon enjoys reading, fly-fishing, playing a euphonium in a brass ensemble, and ice hockey.

Richard Ammon is also the author of An Amish Christmas and An Amish Wedding, both also illustrated by Pamela Patrick. He has two grown daughters and lives in Middletown, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jeannie, a middle school librarian.

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