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An Apple a Day: Old-Fashioned Proverbs --Timeless Words to Live By Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 3, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Readers Digest (March 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606521918
  • ASIN: B005EP29MI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Taggart is the author of the best-selling I Used to Know That and The Classics and coauthor of My Grammar and I . . . Or Should That Be Me? She is also the editor of Writer's Market UK & Ireland, a guide for aspiring writers. She has worked in publishing for more than thirty years, the last twenty in nonfiction.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Jacobs VINE VOICE on April 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I constantly find myself wondering about certain phrases and how they originated. I remember my Grandmother always telling me things like "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" or "The darkest hour is before the dawn" and I never really understood what some of them meant at times. In this book, we get to learn about the origin and the many meanings a phrase or proverb.

While I liked the book, and the read is not fairly long, it still had me wondering about a few of them. Yes, it tries to explain what they mean, but some of them felt like a dictionary entry instead of simple terms. I think with Mother's Day coming up soon, this would be a great book to give as a gift. You could highlight the proverbs that your Mother would say as you went through life and leave little notes in the margin to remind her why she would say them to you.

I feel that this book would be best as a book left for gifts than a book that you would purchase and keep on your keeper shelf. I liked it, but I wouldn't go as far to say I would read it over and over again. It is more like a reference book that would hold more meaning as a gift with added insight written by yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Proverbs can be a succinct and memorable ways of distilling the wisdom of many generations. Many proverbs have risen to the status of being part of the common heritage of all English-speaking people, and they have become such an intrinsic part of culture that one hardly even pauses to think about them and what they mean. This is particularly true of some older proverbs that employ an odd or unusual turn of phrase. However, old proverbs are a good reminder that many aspects of human condition have really not changed over time, and there is a lot of useful information that can be gleaned from those pearls of wisdom.

"An Apple a Day" is a delightful collection of some of the best known proverbs. The proverbs include "Charity begins at home," "The early bird catches the worm," "To err is human, to forgive divine," "Love is blind," "If the shoe fits, wear it." Each proverb is accompanied with a paragraph or two that describe its origin, explain its meaning, and offer a few of the author's own words of wisdom or advice. The proverbs are listed alphabetically, listed with the first significant noun that is presented.

This is a truly a delightful and inspiring collection of wisdom. It would make a good gift for someone who is setting out to embark on a new chapter in their life - a recent grad, a newlywed, or even someone who just retired. It is never too late (or too early) to take a wise advice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ADP on January 9, 2012
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I really like this book, and reading about all the little sayings i hear and where they come from and what they really mean. I didnt buy it however, i borrowed it on my kindle. it seemed a little expensive to me. But i love it for this month's free book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Etier VINE VOICE on December 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When you were a child--you were once a child, weren't you--did your parents seem to have sayings and proverbs for every occasion? Some of them made little sense; you've got to have your cake before you can eat it, don't you? One of my father's favorites was "If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well." Repeating these aphorisms to children stems from ancient brain-washing techniques and should be considered abuse. The only problem is, some of those old saws helped form our characters, and remain indelibly printed on our personalities.

My father probably wouldn't appreciate my take on his old favorite, something along the lines of "Why do a job if it's not worth doing?" Somehow, though, I suspect that if I answered his "Why didn't you..." with "It wasn't worth doing," I wouldn't be sitting for a few days. The unfortunate result of his insistence on "doing well" was a perfectionist who is reluctant to try to do anything that mightn't turn out...well, perfect. Essentially, no job is worth doing. (Note to parents: before throwing axioms at your children, be sure you don't mind them coming back and biting you on the proverbial ass--not the children, the axioms.)

Caroline Taggart has taken dozens of proverbs, interpreted their original meanings, and commented on their relevance today in her latest book, "An Apple a Day" (Taggart's last publication was I Used to Know That, a book for those of us who don't remember anything we learned in school). She also provides insight into how some adages are connected, and others have evolved (some to be more relevant, others for a better flow).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By micmin107 on April 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever stopped to think where Grandma got her little words of wisdom? An Apple A Day by Caroline Taggart answers that question. She points out many of the most common old fashioned proverbs and explains their origins.

The book is a quick read. But be aware, it really isn't for curling up with and getting lost in the story. The book is written as a references book, so it lacks the depth of a novel. I enjoy how Taggart sorts the proverbs alphabetically. It enables you to find the meaning of that saying that is special to you.

I have read several of Caroline Taggart's books. They are fun and whimsical and great sources of trivia. Her books make wonderful gifts for men and women alike. I give this book 4 stars.

*I received this book from FSB Media free of charge in exchange for an honest review*
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