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

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Pub Date 22 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 12 Apr 2022

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Families looking for nature-based fun away from phones and screens will adore this wholesome children’s collection of cooking, crafting, and gardening projects, locally printed on 100% recycled paper.
In the Little Homesteader: A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom, young readers can try their hand at various spring-themed projects as well as learn interesting seasonal wisdom, and nature-related facts along the way.
Packed with fun ideas to keep kids occupied during holidays or at weekends, readers can discover the joy of sowing seedlings, learn how to care for baby chicks, brew dandelion tea and, craft windchimes from foraged materials.
The activities from author and homesteading teacher Angela Fanning include eco-friendly practices, such as recycling or reusing materials, and encourage readers to respect nature.
All the activities are broken down into steps, clearly explained and accompanied by AnneliesDraws’ adorably wholesome illustrations. The gardening and planting activities will suit any space, as they will work equally well on windowsills as in gardens.
The latest from theLittle Homesteader series, with these books readers can get creative, practice handy self-sufficiency skills, handcraft items for themselves or as gifts for loved ones, learn about nature, and celebrate the best of each season.

Find even more nature-centered seasonal fun in: Little Homesteader: A Summer Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom.

Ivy Kids brings you beautiful, sustainably printed books to rewild your child, nurture creativity, and foster a deep connection with the living world. Winner of the Sustainability Award at the Independent Publishers Awards 2022, Ivy Kids books are planet-friendlyprinted on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, locally to where they will be sold.
Families looking for nature-based fun away from phones and screens will adore this wholesome children’s collection of cooking, crafting, and gardening projects, locally printed on 100% recycled paper.

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PRICE $21.99 (USD)

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Love, love, love! I don't think I can rave about this book enough. I have a 4 year old daughter with a love for the outdoors and this book is the perfect kick-off to the spring season. It is the ideal mix of information and projects - paired with beautiful illustrations and lots of color.

I've been teaching my daughter how to forage for a while now and the section on edible flowers and wonderful weeds is a great addition to her knowledge base.

With an inviting and eye-catching title and cover this book is the perfect combo for kids and adults alike to learn together and enjoy the spring season! I look forward to checking out the other Little Homesteader seasonal books.

Thank you to Ivy Kids and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I received an ARC of, Little Homesteader: A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts and Wisdom, by Angela Ferraro-Fanning. I love the Little Homesteader books. They are so cheerful, and give a lot of information of fun things to do, for not a lot of money.

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I try not to overuse the word adorable when reviewing children's books but, well, this one is just plain ol' adorable. In addition, I spent my earliest years on a family farm and it brought back some memories. True, I don't recall ever giving a bath to a duckling but, hey, I bottle fed a lamb. See, I have credentials.

All kidding aside, this book is packed with ideas and projects for children and, who knows. children in grownup bodies, too. True, all the ideas won't work for everyone, such as I doubt many city dwellers have access to ducklings, but the ideas can spark other ideas and perhaps get the children and adults working together. The. suggestions include both inside and outside activities, too, I might note, as well as focusing on healthy habits and possibilities. For instance, it tells how to blend the perfect green smoothie and brew Sweet Violet Syrup. It makes a point of listing what is needed before you start, too. All these and many, many more ideas are, well, adorably illustrated and showcase different races of children working together. While true, the book doesn't get into the harder aspects of homesteading, nor does it seem to explain the difference between homesteading and simply being a farm kid, but it's a wonderful reminder of the joy and creativity of living and using nature. I should note here, too, perhaps, that the book is printed on recycled paper or, as is noted early on, "We print out books on TRASH." That concept alone is another idea worth talking about with children, perhaps as they are trying to press flowers as instructed.

Thank you #NetGalley and #QuartoPublishingGroup for allowing me to briefly time travel back to my own childhood and be reminded of the joys of not just country life but how marvelous it is to be a child discovering wisdom of looking at things with open eyes and being open to new ideas

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I was drawn to this children’s book by its appealing cover. It just looked so friendly and seasonal.

Inside is a mix of information and projects. Each entry is short and absolutely adorably illustrated. Some of my favorites include “Bathe Ducklings and Goslings; Spring Flowers and, Make Yummy Strawberry Jam.” I also learned something new when I read about phenology.

This title invites children and their adults to work together and enjoy the season. Both groups will have fun in the process.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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I so enjoyed reading and looking at the details of the words as they played with the drawings on every page of this delightful book. It makes me so ready for Spring! It is filled with colorful and delightful Spring season life to be explored in the out-of-doors. The pastel artwork fills every page with all shades of beautiful.
There are lessons to learn while watching life regenerate in the flowers, the vegetables, and the fruit. Included in this soaked-in-sunshine book are lessons for growing plants, for knowing when to plant specific vegetables while watching for certain Spring flowers to peak at dedicated stages of growth, or how to use ripe strawberries to make strawberry jam or a fruit leather.
There are lessons of animal care plus time with bugs and beetles and butterflies. Spring holidays deserve their own classes.
Every page is packed full of lessons, great drawings that create a whole lesson unto itself. I found that I learned new things throughout this great book. It is ready-made for homeschool families, for weekend and weekday families who love to share the natural world with their children, and for all readers of all ages who love being outside in nature. This book is written and illustrated for easy understanding with such depth. as well.

I received an Advance Reader Copy/digital of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group/Ivy Kids.

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I absolutely adored this book. It is bright and colorful and easy for children to understand. I loved that the activities aren’t just things you could find on Pinterest, but truly wholesome nature based activities for the whole family.

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What a lovely, wholesome book. Bright, beautiful colours and adorably cute illustrations. I especially loved the phonology page - how interesting! My other favourites were the pressed & edible flowers and the mini may baskets. All such lovely ideas. Kids will absolutely love this!

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As a budding homesteader myself, I am OBSESSED with this book. It is the perfect way to introduce your littles to homesteading. My children loved looking at all of the adorable illustrations and I especially enjoyed the recipes and crafts. I think that this is a book that you could come back to over and over again and get different take aways each time. This book would be adorable in an Easter basket!

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Thank you to Quarto and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Little Homesteader: A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom by Angela Ferraro-Fanning is a wondeful collection of activities that children can engage in instead of playing on their books. The recipes include things like making "blossom bath salts" and "strawberry jam." According to the description, while reading this book, children "can try their hand at various spring-themed projects as well as learn interesting seasonal wisdom, and nature-related facts along the way."

Overall, Little Homesteader: A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom is a wonderful book for parents looking for activities to complete with their children. One highlight of this book is how eco-friendly and nature-focused it is. Instead of telling children to watch something on their devices, parents can instead teach children important skills. Another highlight is that the book is "locally printed on 100% recycled paper." If you're intrigued by the description, I highly recommend that you check out this book when it comes out in March!

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What a great way to celebrate spring! Whether using this book at home or in the classroom, there is so much rich information about spring and so many great activities that kids can do to explore the season!

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This is such an appealing book, with it's bright colors and illustrations. I love that it includes information that is interesting to me as an adult, in a format that young children can understand. The activities would be enjoyable for both children and their adults. I will definitely be checking out the other books in this series.

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An amazingly fun book full of ideas and recipes for the budding of spring. The pictures are adorable, the tips helpful and such fun ideas. I'm loving the series of seasons!

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It takes a lot to get a 5 star rating from me, but this darling children's book ticked all the boxes. It's brimming with sweet, fun, homesteading-related projects and information for children. Colorful illustrations are packed in it, too. It gives instructions for how to do things like make lilac syrup, give a duckling a bath, press flowers and start a watercress cutting garden. The illustrations are decidedly young, with the kids looking nearly like toddlers (see cover) but even older kids will love the projects. There's lots of information packed in there too, but not in an overwhelming way.


I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

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This is an adorable book with amazing illustrations that will help kids with everything around the farm or house. It has everything from animals to plants to recipes.

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Little Homesteader is a wholesome and loving children's book in a world that can sometimes feel uncertain or scary. It takes you back in time and connects you to nature and the little moments in life to feel grateful for.

I would love to have this book in my classroom, sharing ideas with my students on ways we can appreciate the earth and do fun activities together. It would also be the best spring book as the weather gets nicer.

The illustrations are lovely and sweet. This book will warm your heart!

I recommend it!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-arc copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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