Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Winterberries & Apple Blossoms

Naomi is a young girl who has been raised in the Old Order Mennonite community. She lives a simple life with few modern conveniences or posessions. Naomi spends her time helping her parents on their farm, playing with her siblings or going to her one room school. 

This lovely book is a glimpse into a year of Naomi's peaceful, simple life. Each month of the year features a wonderful poem perfectly complimented by Peter Etril Snyder's lovely illustrations. 

In the winter, Naomi is included in a quilting bee for the first time, and she discovers treasures in the general store. March brings the promise of maple syrup in the sugar bush. Spring brings the hard work of clearing the fields and learning to ride a bike. Summer promises homemade ice cream and baseball games. Autumn brings with it apple picking and selling at a road-side stand. 

At the back of the book, there is a recipe for each month featuring seasonal ingrediants. These are child-friendly and easy to make. I'm looking forward to make vanilla ice cream in a can with my kids. 

This book is a lovely keepsake, and would make a great Christmas gift. Nan's poetry is evocative and charming and Peter is the perfect pick as the illustrator.
- Bronwyn

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