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Molasses Man
by Kathy L. May, illustrated by Felicia Marshall
A Holiday House Book, 2000
Hardcover, $16.95 (32 pages)
ISBN: 0-8234-1438-8
 
 

Cane grinding and making molasses is almost a lost art in the South.  Kathy May captures the tradition through a Virginia family's trip to their grandpa, who is known as the Molasses Man by those who stop by his road stand to buy a jar of the sweet sauce.  The book cover the process from cutting canes, juicing, cooking and containing.  All members of the family take part in the process with a shared joy and love.

Kathy May ends with a short essay on the history of molasses making and its place in southern culture.  The illustrations by Felicia Marshall bring the family farm to life.

Kathy L. May is a poet, fiction writer and college teacher.  She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, Garry, and their two children. 

Felicia Marshall has illustrated a number of books for children.  She lives in and teaches art in Houston, Texas.

 

Joyce Dixon
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