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Some Amish children celebrate Christmas in their one-room school and in their own simple ways with their family and relatives.
Anna is getting married! Amish weddings are in November, so the family has the whole summer to get ready. Between chores such as milking and haying, Anna's younger sister helps paint the house and put stamps on the invitations. Aunts and uncles arrive the day before the wedding to cook and to clear out the furniture and set up the benches usually used for church services. On the wedding morning they again arrive early, to cook thirty-five chickens and enough potatoes for three hundred people. <P> Finally, it is time. Anna, her groom, Samuel, and the wedding party descend the stairs. After Bishop Levi leads the couple in their vows and the last hymn is sung, the benches are turned into tables and it is time for the wedding meal. <P> The young narrator tells of the many activities leading up to this special day in her household and her own excitement at taking part in it. It is a time for aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors to gather in feasting, singing, and celebrating the new couple. Some of the ways are unique to the Amish, but they also reflect the joy, excitement, and fellowship of weddings everywhere.
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 afterward 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.
Anna and her family live on a farm, but they don't have tractors or electricity. The "old fashioned" clothing of men and women, boys and girls doesn't have zippers or buttons. Anna is Amish, and here is the story of what her life is like day to day. Anna and other Amish children attend their own school, they raise farm animals and do farm chores without modern technology. They wear their distinctive clothing every day and attend long church services every other Sunday. Anna's life is a full and satisfying one. She and her family work hard, but they play, too. There are picnics, excursions, a trip to buy a new horse, school parties, and sports like hockey, volleyball, skating, sledding, baseball, and fishing. There are indoor games, books to read, songs to sing, and good food to eat. Along with Anna's story, this book includes recipes, songs, poems, and games so that the reader will better understand and appreciate the Amish--a group of very special people who only accept from the modern world those things that do not interfere with their way of life.
The Swedish botanist Linnaeus named the cocoa bean "Theobroma cacao," from the Greek meaning Food of the Gods. Linnaeus sure "knew what he was doing! DO YOU PAUSE whenever you pass the candy counter in a department store or mall? Does your mouth water just smelling the chocolaty aroma? Do you carefully unfold the foil on each piece of chocolate as if you were inspecting a treasure? Do you break off small bites, letting that wonderfully delicious chocolate smother your taste buds? You do? Then this book is for you. Here are chocolate facts, and the history of chocolate from that wonderful day Cortes was served the frothy drink in Aztec golden goblets. This explains how luscious chocolate candies and candy bars are made; it gives chocolate recipes, tells chocolate jokes, and debunks chocolate myths. In fact, The Kids' Book of Chocolate is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about this favorite subject.
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