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Little Homesteader: A Winter Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom

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As appreciation for seasonal rhythms and patterns is growing, especially among parents who are encouraged to slow down by their children, this book comes to be a great resource. Specially geared towards winter activities, this book can help all of us get through the cold, often difficult months of winter with young children.
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This book is so cute! It includes fun facts and so many activities to do with kids during the winter months. From making dried orange garlands to maple syrup candies and more, there is surely an activity or two that your family will enjoy.

Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for allowing me to receive a copy of this book to read and review.
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This is a beautifully illustrated book full of ideas for making the best of - and appreciating the beauty of - winter. While some of the projects may be a challenge depending on where you live (tapping a tree to make syrup, identifying woodland animal tracks in the snow), as a child I would have loved just looking through the beautiful pages, and feeling cozy and inspired. I like that many of the activities are nature-inspired and my only note would be that it would be great if some of the materials (parchment paper, balloons) were more eco-friendly. Aside from that, it would be a lovely addition to a child's shelf. I would rate this book 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5.
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What a great book to add to Children’s collection. Lots of information, cooking and arts and crafts. My Granddaughter loves making bread with me so that is definitely pane we will try. Also we will make the bird feeders and solstice lanterns. All crafts are not expensive to make as are the recipes. This book is a great way to spend the winter keeping the Children busy.
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This book is adorable! What a great idea. I love that this is for kids, yet it still has so many useful ideas for adults. I definitely want to make the cocoa and the salt dough ornaments. While I was looking for books for my 1-year-old niece (and this one isn't in her age range), I personally enjoyed it in my 30s. I'm going to recommend it to some of my friends with kids who could use this. It's beautiful.
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This book is adorable and whimsical. It brings a sense of wonder and fun to an otherwise cold and dark season. I love the variety of activities: from winter gardening to handicrafts for kids to do inside and ways to explore even when their world is covered in snow. We will definitely be implementing these ideas. I also appreciate how short the book is. Many books boast 100+ ideas etc, but this book is short and simple with activities that can be shared by everyone! You don’t have to flip through pages and pages to find the perfect activity. The list is well curated with a great mix of fun!
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Wholesome! Beautiful! Sustainable! Anyone with little kids in their home NEEDS this book (in fact all the books in this series). Grandparents? Ta-da! You’ve got plenty of memory-making activities that are easy and fun! Parent with lots of different age? Activities that bridge the age gaps for some family togetherness. If you homeschool by the seasons, this is an absolutely treasure trove of easy, inviting, captivating little activities. It is an absolute feast for the eyes!! I will be adding all of her books to my library.

Thank you, NetGalley!
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The illustrations are adorably done and it’s packed with fun thing for the littles to do in the winter.
Having done many of these activities myself there’s a bit of concern on the content:
‘ask for adults help’ for the candy making. For process shown the child should not be helping at all, hot sugar burns are no joke. Since the child won’t be much help here I don’t think it should have been included. It’ll be more frustrating than fun for them.

The compost bottle is a cute idea that lets your kid watch as the kitchen scraps break down, but soft plastics can make the worms sick and there’s no mention of making sure it doesn’t become acidic, which is especially important if they’re getting citrus scraps from the recipes in this book. While it should be cute and educational it’s just a torture chamber for the poor worms.
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This is a stunning treasury. My children and I all adore this series and were thrilled to read the winter addition. This is one we'll return to again and again. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.
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This adorably illustrated and clearly explained book shows many of the fun and sustainable activities children can do during the winter time. It's easy to see that the publishers of this book take sustainability very seriously and their love and respect of nature and how we interact with it is clear throughout the entirety of the book. Definitely recommend to anyone with children or some free time during the cold months!
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What a beautiful book! Not only are the illustrations just gorgeous, but the ideas included have been well thought out and the instructions made simple enough for even a young child to understand.

My favourite inclusions were the information on tree sap and how to tap trees, how to create a wreath, ideas for Christmas tree ornaments and citrus garlands. 

My kids will love these ideas and I can't wait to share with them!
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This is an absolute treasure! My daughter and I have tried some of the recipes and crafts from this book and can't wait to do the rest all winter long. If you're a parent to younger children, this is the perfect book to help you enjoy the long winter with them.
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Winter magic ❄️ Just as delightful and delicious as all the other seasons. Animals, dried orange slice garland, wreaths, evergreen paint brushes! 🌲 I need to get all four hardcovers because these books deserve to be displayed on a real-life shelf! Absolutely gorgeous 💖
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Little Homesteader: A Winter Treasurey of Recipes, Craft, and Wisdom by Angela Ferraro-Fanning is the best book for introducing to younger readers the winter-time. Sometimes considered bored, this time of the year is plenty of great activities outdoor and indoor. Passing through delicious recipes, to the outdoor activity of tapping a tree for making syrup, the book analyzes also the wildlife during the winter-time and how you can help to feed birds during this difficult season. Plenty of great activities for Christmas's Time, I simply know that this book will conquer all the family!
This book is also helping nature becase as remarked, it is printed on recycled paper made from 100% post consumer waste.

Highly recommended.

I thank Netgalley for the ebook.

Anna Maria Polidori
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Very cozy children's book about winter food, crafts, and ideas for engaging and educational activities throughout the older months.  This book teaches while allowing kids to explore and imagine.  Perfect for younger children and older children in scope and activities.
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This is the cutest little cookbook/activity book there is. The art is bright, simple, and intriguing. The instructions are easy to follow, and now I have a new recipe for spicy hot chocolate that I'm excited to try. There's a section about tapping trees for sap, and even as a 30-year-old I am now excited to go out during winter and find some trees. This will definitely help children feel like they're all grown up helping their parents in the kitchen / decorate for Christmas.
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This book had a lot of fun activities to do in the winter time with some fairly complete directions.  I thought one of the activities was a bit misleading though-the one about planting a citrus seed.  Maybe it doesn't make a difference in a place where it's cold in the winter time, but here in sub-tropical South Florida (where they used to grow citrus), we know that most of the commercial citrus is grown on grafted root stock, so the seeds produced will be sour orange, not an actually edible orange.  The image showed lemons (probably, they were yellow) but it just seemed like it was a misrepresentation of what would actually happen, particularly given how long it would take to get a citrus plant big enough to produce fruit.
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I absolutely adore these treasuries! Angela Ferraro-Fanning is so thoughtful and creative in building such a cozy collection so many fun and accessible crafts and activities to welcome in and celebrate the season!
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Another wonderful edition in the Little Homesteader series. The illustrations are beautiful and the projects are perfect for the winter season, both indoor and outdoor. I will definitely use these crafts in my library, and probably keep a copy at home for my own children.
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This is a delightful winter activity book for homesteaders and children alike! The illustrations are whimsical and colorful! Perfect for engaging little kids!! There's nature learning to be read about different trees, animals, and winter activities! The crafts are easy to do with simple instructions. The recipes are simple and fun for kids to make! All in all the perfect book to chase away those winter blues!!
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