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The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons Paperback – August 9, 2011
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The essays were like diary entries -- things about their family and experiences. There's some value to this I guess, but I thought the book would be about rhythm in family in general -- not just this particular family's journal of their private adventures. The book should have been called "The Rhythm of Our Family" or something like that.
Each month offers some crafting or cooking idea, but that doesn't add up to much. Far better books exist on crafting with family through the year, connecting with family outdoors, and cooking. For crafts I like "Crafts Through the Year" by Thomas Berger. For outdoor exploration I love "Nature's Playground" - it's packed full of ideas for exploring nature in every season with children.
I get that the projects are supposed to be things that you can do with kids, but if they are that simple I think the book should make up for it in quantity. (The book is divided up into months and each month has about 3 projects/ recipes) I just felt like this book should have been a blog. I don't mean to bash the book, and I hate to actually, but I do feel like I wasted my money.
I want to address the person who was offended by Amanda's chapter on meditation. I am a Christian and Amanda, I believe, is a buddhist. As a Christian, I teach my children to pray and to meditate on the Word of God. Her chapter on meditation, and other statements by Amanda or Steve that clash with my Christian worldview are NOT, for me, grounds for dismissing her book.Read more ›
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I am loving this book so very much. As a former Mainer, now living in Boston I find it hard to connect with the seasons the way I did before. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Beeblebrox
I agree with the reviews who found this book to be fairly useless as far as projects & instructions go. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jennifer Spahn
Just not very impressive. I could have gotten more out of a family and child blog. This book has pretty pictures but only scratches the surface of what you can do with children... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gemma's Mama
I have completed many activities described in the book with my family. The book is made very well with superb photography...giving you a good "feel" for the seasons. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jennifer Tijerina
I received this book about 18 months ago and with two little ones in the house, have just been able to complete our first project from the book. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by KTBER
I adore this book as it's written by seasons, so I can easily pick it up any time of year when looking for inspiration. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Michelle Redford