Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Things They Handed Down

Lessons from Grandma & Grandpa
Author Erin Bried, a senior staff writer at SELF magazine, offers up a delightful and very practical pair of life skill guides: How to Sew a Button and How to Build a Fire. Respectively, the titles were born from sage advice given by grandmas and grandpas who lived through the Great Depression.

Bried's books also match up nicely to Andrea J. Buchanan's Daring Book for Girls and Conn & Hal Iggulden's Dangerous Book for Boys, both published in 2007.

Stretching further into the land of life skills, you might also like to peruse the Foxfire Books. Published mainly in the 1970's and 1980's, the books cover a wide range of topics, many to do with traditional stories, crafts, trades, tools, and music.