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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    An Encyclopedia of all things Country

    Old-Time Country Wisdom & Lore
    1000's of traditional skills for simple living
    By Jerry Mack Johnson
    Published by Voyageur Press
    Source: Review Copy

    This beautifully crafted book has just about every tid bit of information you would want on old time wisdom of country living. It is truly an encyclopedia of all things country. Over 300 pages with 100's of different skills represented. The vintage clip art and ad signage make this a beautiful book to glance through. Detailed drawings of herbs, trees, animals and more give you a great idea of the specific that Mr. Johnson is discussing. It would be a fantastic addition to a country home's coffee table collection. Not the kind of book you read straight through, but one you gather bits and pieces from over time. I could see my grandparents really enjoying this book and reminiscing about their own country days.
    I would not take this book as a resource guide for farming today. Some of the things on it truly seem like lore or legend, and not a guidebook to farming or country living, and it isn't meant to be that kind of book. It would make a fantastic gift giving book to someone who has lived the country life or is in love with the simple things. It covers many topics from Weather, to trees and the nature around us, to toys of the past and pastimes, and recipes and herb tonics. Fascinating read in bits at a time

    I received this book from Voyageur Press in exchange for an honest review of it.

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