|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Aug 2011|
|Number of Pages:||252|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.2|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.75 x 8.0 x 0.75|
Amanda Blake Soule (The Creative Family; Handmade Home), who authors the popular biog SouleMama, and her husband document their family life over a year, sharing personal reflections on the seasons, photographs, and suggestions for crafts, recipes, and various activities. Organized chronologically by month, chapters begin with essays from both authors, which are followed by "Make" and "Do" projects appropriate for the month or season; e.g., in May the family makes flower essence lotion, tempura dandelions, and a book of flowers.
Some "Do" activities, such as January's project for making an ice mold sun catcher, provide clear directions; others are more ambiguous suggestions, such as September's "Have a Preserving Party", which encourages this social event without instructions for preserving or canning (though the authors do provide suggested reading for these endeavors).
Verdict: The book has lovely visual appeal, with numerous photographs in the style of those featured on Soule's biog. Fans of the biog and Soule's previous books will enjoy this intimate look into her family's life.
-Meagan Storey, Virginia Beach
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Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids—one that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our children spending more time out of doors rather than in, one that balances out some of the busyness of our lives—the computers, the televisions, the cell phones—with a deeper connection to the Earth and an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family.
Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the woodstove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season—from the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day. Paying attention to these changes slows us down, inspires new types of creative play and exploration, instills a sense of family togetherness, and deepens an awareness of nature and self that can make our lives, days, family, and earth grow stronger.
The Rhythm of Family explores what we learn and can gain as parents and families by encouraging and experiencing creativity and nature exploration with our children, the seasons can provide us with a rhythm that brings us close to the earth, and closer to our children.