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Sarah Ban Breathnach's Mrs. Sharp's Traditions: Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations of Comfort & Joy Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (May 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074321076X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743210768
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Ban Breathnach's work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures, and everyday epiphanies. What began as a personal safari to unearth her authentic self, transformed into her number-one New York Times bestsellers Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, and Something More: Excavating your Authentic Self. Sarah Ban Breathnach is the publisher of The Simple Abundance Press, a groundbreaking joint venture with Scribner, and the founder of The Simple Abundance Charitable Fund. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Before the author's bestseller SIMPLE ABUNDANCE, she wrote this charming little book of domestic advice. Presented by the fictitious Victorianna Sharp, it contains gentle practices compiled from an old trunk of Victorian era magazines she discovered. Though controversy will continue about who's responsible for the home, the program does a good job of not assuming it's the mom. Anyone, including stay-at-home or working dads, can take some initiative in setting up the traditions. This is a short program (only a small range of actual traditions is mentioned), so most of its energy is spent promoting the idea of someone initiating the rituals and routines she recommends. For discombobulated families everywhere, a worthwhile audio with some charming ideas. T.W. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Live your life to its fullest with this book!
Suzy
I bought this book nearly eleven years ago when my first child was a toddler and have used it for every holiday ever since!
"dreamrosemom"
This book is an invitation to experience simple rituals in your daily life.
Spiral

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "dreamrosemom" on June 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book nearly eleven years ago when my first child was a toddler and have used it for every holiday ever since! Through this book we have learned so much about the history of holidays, as well as recipes, crafts, and activities. Even more importantly the author has helped our own family develop holiday traditions that are both fun and meaningful, even for that toddler turned teenager! Holiday traditions are comforting and bring families closer together, and this book is a tremendous help if you are looking for inspiration. After eleven years I still can sit down to look up a certain holiday and find myself still reading an hour later! It is definitely one of the most treasured books in my collection!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By drariadne on May 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book chock full of old victorian pictures and traditions. It is organized by the months, and has suggestions, stories and history appropriate for each month. There are recipes, crafts and stories to tell your children. A very nice resource for spending more meaningful time with your children. Or reminiscing about days gone by. If you are a Victorian buff, this is a lovely book that brings many or their traditions into our time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lori Seaborg on November 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is Thanksgiving Day as I write. I have used this book extensively over the past week as I write down the activities we will do as a family this holiday season. We are a family with young children (8, 6, 3, baby), so we are only now starting our family traditions. It is VERY important to me that the children have family memories to keep them reminded of their happy childhood. This book has been a wonderful keepsake. I have already started purchasing it for others, as it is beautifully written and breathtakingly beautiful. Do not hesitate to buy this book. It will enhance your library like few others. I am wishing for another book like this one, but have not found it yet.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful to have and explore for those women and families with children who love to take time to enjoy simple, natural treasures and to observe old-fashioned family traditions. It is a wonderful source to find out WHY we celebrate some holidays in the ways we do and to take a trip down memory lane as you rediscover some of the older traditions you might remember your grandmothers or aunts or great-aunts observing. I am definitely adding it to my home collection to use with my own family. The only negative note I might have is that the persona the author writes with has some strange sayings "Dear Reader" this and "Dear Reader" that. A little annoying, but definitely not worth NOT getting the book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spiral on September 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love the noble simplicity of the Victorian age. This book is an invitation to experience simple rituals in your daily life. I especialy enjoyed the beautiful art work and many pictures. This book takes the reader on a gilded journey through the entire year with wonderfull passages describing a myriad of traditions and daily rituals for living. If you cherish the victorian tradition then you simply must have this book. Buy it new or used, read it, experience it, and pen a review to spread the joy, this truly is home.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AWINDSOR on May 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A picture's worth a thousand words... Sarah Ban Breathnach has skillfully blended the wisdom of "Simple Abundance" and the charm of victorian art into a splendid keepsake and reference.
This book reminds me of the magic of discovering a new story book as a child. I peek into it and soon I lose myself in the wonderful world of tradition that Sarah Ban Breathnach has so gracefully created.
Whether you are new to Sarah Ban Breathnach's work or if you've been living "Simple Abundance" for years, you'll find this new work to be a charming reminder to simplify, beautify, and grace your life with the seasonal rhythm of the holidays.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Livingston on January 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I found this book inspiring and full of practical and lovely ideas. Some of them are relatively easy to implement; others take a bit more effort/preparation. The holidays discussed are American. The book presents simple ways to make daily living special and to take note of holidays, seasons, and other occasions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Suzy on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm a HUGE fan of Sarah's Books. Her books are so real, and even almost life-altering! (P.S. I REALLY love Simple Abundance) This book is so charming, with great ideas on how to celebrate just about every holiday! Beautiful illustrations! Live your life to its fullest with this book! A definite must for people with families and children.
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