I was sent a few books to review from Taunton Press a month or so ago, and it's just now that I have time to check them out. My favorite and the first I will review is:
As a young girl like many others my age (apparently more than I realized) I was obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie as well as the Anne of Green Gables series. I was also in Girl Scouts until 9th grade which most of my friends at the time didn't know.... So, rightfully so, this book struck a chord with me. It's laid out in a way that is fun to flip through, the size is almost pocket like (small enough to fit into your purse) and the paper is a very satisfying, like rag cotton paper. I also really like how this isn't just a "how-to" book, it holds a lot of other information, reminders of how things used to be done vs. our hyper techie lifestyles. Here are a few of my favorite sections....
On page 45 you can learn how to make Rock Candy, another thing that reminds me of my youth. My 6th grade science teacher, Mr. Jones, actually incorporated Rock Candy into our class and since I was never allowed to eat sugar at home he was my favorite teacher from that day on.
On page 129 there is a section on letter writing. I am a big fan of the snail mail and think it is very important. In fact my 2007 New Years Resolution was to write a letter a week. I didn't quite stay on track, so any reminders to pick up a pen and paper vs. email is a big plus in my book!
And in lieu of our first heavy snow here in Wisconsin I will give a shout-out to page 174, which talks about finding a sledding hill. Those of you who live in cold yet urban setting may know this is harder than it may seem. But when the perfect hill is discovered (and you beat the neighborhood kids to it) nothing rules more!
I think this book is super sweet and a good addition to any crafty lady's library, I also think it's fit for all ages because I know that when I discovered Little House on the Prairie anything to take me back to that time was appreciated!