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Arnosky, Jim. Mud Time and More: Nathaniel Stories. Addison Wesley, 1979.
In this wordless book, the illustrations show the adventures of Nathaniel as he solves four perplexing problems.

Arnosky, Jim. Nathaniel. Addison-Wesley, 1978.
The humorous aspects of a man's reclusive life in the country are revealed in three picture stories and two letters.

Azarian, Mary. A Farmer's Alphabet. Godine, 1981.
Handsome woodcuts of the alphabet and rural themes inspired by this illustrator's Vermont experience.

Budbill, David. Christmas Tree Farm. Macmillan, 1974.
Explains how Christmas trees are grown in Vermont.

Carrick, Carol. The Highest Balloon on the Common. Greenwillow, 1977.
The yellow balloon tied to Paul's wrist helps his family locate him when he is lost on the Craftsbury town common on Old Home Day.

Carrick, Donald. The Deer in the Pasture. Greenwillow, 1976.
When hunting season comes, a deer who has become too friendly with people must be frightened and driven away for its own protection.

Christelow, Eileen. The Great Pig Escape. Clarion, 1994.
Bert and Ethel try raising pigs on their farm, but when they get to market the pigs have disappeared.

Christelow, Eileen. The Great Pig Search. Clarion, 2001.
Bert and Ethel go to Florida to search for their runaway pigs and find them in unexpected places.

Cunningham, Linda.  The Copper Angel of Piper's Mill and How She Saved Her Town.  Down East, 1989.
The special copper angel weathervane on top of the church inspires the small Vermont village to bring their town back to life.

Farrow, Rachi.  Charlie's Dream.  Pantheon, 1978.
Charlie Ram becomes discontented with his life on a Vermont farm after listening to his friend Robin talk about her winters in Florida.

Fleischman, Sid.  The Hey Hey Man.  Atlantic, Little, 1979.
In this original folk tale set in Vermont, a thief steals a farmer's gold, but is outwitted by a mischievous wood spirit - the Hey Hey Man.

Frost, Robert. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Dutton, 1978.
Susan Jeffers' illustrated version of the famous poem.

Gauch, Patricia L. Aaron and the Green Mountain Boys. Coward, 1972.
In this easy reader, Aaron dreams about helping the Green Mountain Boys through bravery and fighting, but has to be content with helping to bake bread to feed them. Based on a real incident.

Gibbons, Gail. The Missing Maple Syrup Sap Mystery. Warne, 1979.
Mr. & Mrs. Mapleworth try to find out who is stealing the maple sap they are gathering to make maple syrup.

Haas, Jessie. Hurry! Greenwillow, 2000.
A young girl helps her grandparents get the hay in before a rainstorm ruins the crop.

Haas, Jessie. Mowing. Greenwillow, 1994.
Nora helps her grandfather mow the field by watching for animals in the tall grass and warning him to circle the horses and mowing machine around them.

Haas, Jessie. No Foal Yet. Greenwillow, 1995.
Nora and her grandparents wait for their horse Bonnie to have her foal.

Haas, Jessie. Sugaring. Greenwillow, 1996.
Nora wants to find a way to give the horses a special treat for helping her grandfather gather sap to make maple syrup.

Harris, Kathleen McKinley. The Wonderful Hay Tumble. Morrow, 1988.
In this delightful tall tale, a young Vermont farmer has all his chores done for him by a huge rolling pile of hay.

Jaspersohn, William. The Two Brothers. Vermont Folklife Center, 2000.
Heinrich and Friedrich, two brothers in Prussia in the 1880?s, travel separately to America and end up working on adjacent farms in Vermont.

Kill, Vivian.  Crazy Jane.  My Little Jessie Press, 2004.
A driving mare stops at the same place in the road every day until the family tricks her with a pretend snake.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie.  A Christmas Like Helen's.  Illustrated by Mary Azarian.  Houghton, 2004.
Presents a descriptive list of all the things required to have a Christmas like the author's grandmother had, including farm animals, stories of Scotland, ice skating in the moonlight, and joining friends, family, and neighbors at church on Christmas Eve.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie.  A Farm of Her Own.  Dutton, 2001.
Ten-year-old Emma spends a wonderful summer with her cousins, great aunt, and great uncle on their Vermont farm.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. From Dawn Till Dusk. Houghton, 2002.
This look at life on a family farm is based on the author's own memories of growing up in the Northeast Kingdom.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie.  Nora's Ark.  HarperCollins, 2005
During the Vermont flood of 1927, a girl and her grandparents share their new hilltop house with neighbors and animals.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. When Spring Comes. Dutton, 1993.
A child living on a farm in the early 1900's describes some of the activities that mark the approach of spring.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. Wilderness Cat. Cobblehill, 1992.
In the 1770?s when Serena?s family moves to Canada from Vermont, Moses the cat is not allowed to go along.

Kivlin, Barbara.  ABC's of Vermont.  Barbren Publications, 1987.
An educational coloring book about the Green Mountain state.

Lange, Willem. John and Tom. Vermont Folklife Center, 2001.
When John has an accident while cutting logs in the Vermont woods, Tom, the Morgan horse who is his work partner and friend, uses intelligence and strength to rescue him.

London, Sara. Firehorse Max. HarperCollins,1997.
Grandpa Lev controls his music-loving ex-fire horse by playing his violin.

Medearis, Michael. Daisy and the Doll. Vermont Folklife Center, 2000.
Daisy, an eight-year-old black girl living in rural Vermont in the 1890?s, is given a black doll by her teacher and becomes uncomfortable that her skin is a different color from that of her classmates, until she finds the courage to speak from her heart.

Moses, Will. Silent Night. Philomel, 1997.
One snowy Christmas Eve, a Vermont community makes preparations for the holiday as well as for the arrival of another Christmas miracle. Includes the text of the Christmas carol ?Silent Night.?

Pearson, Tracey Campbell. The Storekeeper. Dial, 1988.
Based on the general store in Jericho, this depicts a typical day there.

Pearson, Tracey Campbell. Where Does Joe Go? FSG, 1999.
Because Joe?s Snack Bar (in Jericho, Vermont) closes for the season, the townspeople speculate where Joe goes for the winter.

Purdy, Carol. Least of All. Macmillan, 1987.
A little girl in a big farm family teaches herself to read using the Bible, and shares this knowledge with her brothers, parents, and grandmother during a long, cold Vermont winter.

Schubert, Leda.  Here Comes Darrell.  Illustrated by Mary Azarian.  Houghton, 2005.
Throughout the seasons in northern Vermont, Darrell helps his neighbors with snowplowing, supplying wood, and excavation work, never finding time to fix his own barn, but when a windstorm passes through town, he finds his kindness to his neighbors returned.

Slobodkina, Esphyr. The Clock. Abelard, 1956.
Picture book story of a lovely old clock in a Vermont village.

Thomas, Abigail. Lily. Holt, 1994.
Lily, a dog that likes everything in its place and the same activities every day, is scared and upset when moving men come and take everything away.

Walter, Mildred Pitts.  Alec's Primer.  Vermont Folklife Center, 2004.
A young slave's journey to freedom begins when a plantation owner's granddaughter teaches him how to read.  Based on the childhood of Alec Turner (1845-1923) who escaped from slavery by joining the Union Army during the Civil War and later became a landowner in Vermont.

Watson, Nancy D. Sugar On Snow. Viking, 1964.
A delightful tale of maple sugaring from tree to the sugar on snow party.

Wells, Rosemary. Waiting for the Evening Star. Dial, 1993.
Growing up between 1909 and 1917, Berty enjoys the slow-rolling wheel of time on his Vermont farm and cannot understand his older brother?s desire to see other parts of the world.

 

 

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