The School Picnic

by Jan Steffy

Good Books | November 17, 2004 | Hardcover

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It is early in the morning. All throughout the countryside gas lamps are lit. Here and there 28 Amish boys and girls are waking up at the start of a very special day. Soon they will be walking to school, where they and their parents will celebrate the last day of classes with a picnic. Jan Steffy and Denny Bond provide this warm, fascinating and, at times, humorous look at the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The world they show is one without electricity, cars, or modern appliances, but full of laughter, food, and love.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 in

Published: November 17, 2004

Publisher: Good Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0934672520

ISBN - 13: 9780934672528

Found in: Outdoor
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The School Picnic

by Jan Steffy

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.98 in

Published: November 17, 2004

Publisher: Good Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0934672520

ISBN - 13: 9780934672528

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It is early in the morning and the sky outside is dark. All throughout the countryside gas lamps are lit. And here and there, across the fields and over the creeks, 28 Amish boys and girls are waking up-some when they hear their mothers'' calls from downstairs, two at the crowing of a rooster, and one by a barking dog. Several awaken just because that''s the time they always get up. But none of the children wakes up by an electric alarm clock. Ten of the children remember to straighten the quilts on their beds. All of them step, hop, and slide into their homemade clothes. The boys put on their black pants, the stretchy straps called suspenders that hold up their pants, and bright colored shirts. They take their straw hats as well. The girls pull on dresses of blue or green, purple or pink, and black aprons. Two of the older girls, who have learned how to sew, made their dresses themselves. All of the girls and boys, except one who cut his foot the day before, go barefoot. By the time the sun is up, the 28 children are gathered around the big tables in their kitchens, eating breakfasts of eggs and bacon, or pancakes and sausage, or cereal and muffins, but always large glasses of milk, fresh from their families'' cows. Today the children do not take lunch kettles to school. They just pick up their books and say good-bye to their Mamms and Datts, their Grossmammies and Grossdaadies, and their sisters and brothers who are either too big or too little to go to school. Three of the
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It is early in the morning. All throughout the countryside gas lamps are lit. Here and there 28 Amish boys and girls are waking up at the start of a very special day. Soon they will be walking to school, where they and their parents will celebrate the last day of classes with a picnic. Jan Steffy and Denny Bond provide this warm, fascinating and, at times, humorous look at the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The world they show is one without electricity, cars, or modern appliances, but full of laughter, food, and love.

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It is early in the morning. All throughout the countryside gas lamps are lit. And here and there, across he fields and over the creeks, 28 Amish boys and girls are waking up at the start of a very special day. Soon they will be walking to school, where they and their parents will celebrate the last day of classes with a picnic. Jan Steffy and Denny Bond provide this warm, fascinating, and at times humorous look at the Amish community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The world they show is one without electricity, cars, or modern appliances, but full of laughter, food, and love.

About the Author

Jan Steffy is a native of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She is assistant manger of The People?s Place, a museum and heritage center in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

Denny Bond is an illustrator who lives in East Petersburg, Pennsylvania.

From Our Editors

Twenty-eight Amish children, their teacher, and their parents celebrate the last day of school with a picnic

Editorial Reviews

"An informative picture book about a day in the life of the Amish."-School Library Journal

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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