Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Phyllis Alsdurf is a book I found at the library recently. It is a picture book about a girl helping her dad with milking on the farm. It talks about the daily milking chores. The pictures reminded me more of my grandma's farm than my own because it talks about milk contained in cream cans. If you teach elementary students, this book would make a great addition to a collection of books about farms. Even if you don't have kids to read to, any former farm kid would appreciate the story and pictures contained in the book.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Nancy Sleeth is not your average book about living a simple life. Sleeth takes some principles she feels that the Amish culture adheres to and shows how she has used them to make her life more fulfilling. With chapters on homes, technology, finances, nature, simplicity, service, security, community, families, and faith, this book covers nearly every aspect of life. There are some recipes at the back of the book, including 5 or 6 for different soups. In her chapter about nature, she suggested we spend more time outdoors. The chapter on simplicity talked about not just having less stuff, but freeing up our calendars. There were a few other things that stuck out to me...she encouraged even extended families to live near one another and be involved in each others lives. One subtitle in the chapter on faith was "make peace wherever you go". A quick read, this book would be an excellent source of discussion with a book club or even a family.