I have a little secret. I love the Old Farmers’ Almanac. I have been getting my Dad a copy of the Almanac every year since we moved up to the Island. Why? Well, when move to the Island, gardening becomes a huge part of your life. Dad always had a green thumb and had an amazing way of growing the most beautiful plants, but the size of his garden here is ten times the size of his garden in the city.
When you move to Manitoulin Island, producing your own fresh fruit and veg is just another regular part of life. When gardening becomes such a regular part of your life, you often consult the Almanac! Apparently, it makes for some good bathroom reading too. Shhhhh! I wouldn’t know that. I wouldn’t know one bit about all the amazing tips on blanching vegetables and freezing them for Winter use, or how best to clean everything in your house with just baking soda. No. I wouldn’t even know about what the best kinds of tomatoes are for certain tomato dishes or that we need to consult the Almanac for the best time to plant seeds. Bathroom reading? Nah. Not me! That’s just icky.
Anyway, I’ve become curiously interested in almanacs, so when I was asked to review A Nature Lover’s Alamanac: Kinky Bugs, Stealthy Critters, Prosperous Plants & Celestial Wonders, I was elated!
I know! I am a big book work and I could not stop reading it! Hubby and our three year old also love all sorts of facts and trivia, so this was the perfect family reading material!
Isn’t that fascinating?!
Oh, there’s much more too! There are so many interesting little-known facts about nature in this book. Trust me, you’ll learn something new each day!
One of the things my pre-schooler loves the most is the part that mentions which constellations you can see in the night sky each month of the year. Where we live, we can see the the Milky Way really well because there is hardly any light pollution. We can even view the Northern Lights and Perseid Meteor Showers from our front porch. The fact that Diane Olson’s A Nature Lover’s Almanac mentions cool tid bits like that, just captured the interest of my three year old daughter!
A Nature Lover’s Almanac is written by Diane Olson and illustrated by Adele Flail (Gibbs Smith, $12.99, Paperback, ISBN:978-1-4236-2224-6, June 2012).
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Disclaimer – I was given a copy of A Nature Lover’s Almanac to facilitate this review. All the opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.