April 30, 2014 by Jennifer Reaves 2 Comments Instead of my usual Wednesday Picture Book Review today, I wanted to share with you an often overlooked genre of picture books that your kids will probably enjoy: Poetry! Filed Under: Book Reviews By Age, Book Reviews for Ages 3-5, Book Reviews for Ages 6-8, Book Reviews for Ages 9-12, Book Reviews of Good Read-Aloud, Book Reviews of Picture Books, Children's Book Reviews, Reading Resources Happy Read A Book Day!
September 6, 2013 by Jennifer Reaves Leave a Comment In honor of National Read A Book Day, I thought I would share an excellent quote by C.S. So, I just launched What My Kids Read Pinterest page this weekend, and I wanted to let you know about it! Anyway, please check out here: What My Kids Read and let me know what you think! What would you like to see more pins about? A little over a year ago, David began praising Paul for his artwork (which was nice, but, objectively, nothing much out of the ordinary). If you are interested in buying these books, or anything else, please buy through our links!
When you first started exploring survival skills, you thought the essence was in practical training.
You cannot wait for a disaster to happen before you realize that some knowledge of medicine is necessary for a survivor.
You might be prepared to survive during and after earthquakes, hurricanes, and other short-term disasters.
Survivors should never be afraid of the woods; they offer plenty of things that will help them stay alive.
You can’t count on government agencies and grocery stores when it comes to feeding your family in case of disaster.
If you want to prepare yourself and your family to go through tough times, you need to learn how to manage your resources.
It’s always useful to gain new knowledge about survival and preparedness, since college professors never teach you about those skills. Survival ebooks military manuals survival directory, A site covering many survival and survivalist topics include survival skills civil defense disaster preparedness selfreliance wilderness survival.. Many of the book links on this page currently go to Amazon (which is good for outside Australia). With concise explanations (that is, he does not fill out the text much with stories and other non-essential information) and detailed illustrations, survival expert Gregory Davenport covers the five basic elements of survival - personal protection, signalling, finding food and water, travel, and health — providing the reader with complete information on how to stay calm and alive until rescue arrives. I would go as far as to say that this is the best all-round book to get if you are the type of person that won't find a purely technical book very interesting or inspiring.
It's also nice that it's one of the few non-Australian survival books that doesn't have a plants chapter with a whole lot of plants that we don't have in the Australian wilderness.
The book, like all of Tom's books, contains a lot of his philosophy, which I think makes the book much more interesting and valuable than the more purely technical books. In-depth instructions and step-by-step photos of real survival skills--exactly what one needs to stay alive in the woods.
Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skills - From the Society of Primitive Technology, David Wescott (editor).
Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skills provides the guide to rediscovery of the skills and crafts that bind us all into this great human family. The Way of the Scout: A Native American Path to Finding Spiritual Meaning in a Physical World, Tom Brown Jr. Insects and seaweed are possibly the two most under-utilised food sources in the world today, and they will both become important when the output of our fossil-fuel-produced food systems starts to decline.
If you just want to get one or two books and get on with doing what is in them (which is a good idea), read the next few paragraphs. Cody Lundin's book is great for people who aren't into heavily this type of stuff already, and who like a bit of humour thrown in along with all the cold hard facts.
Gardening When It Counts would also be another option for best overall book (irrespective of where you live), even though it is only about one topic, and I would recommend it as the second book to get if you get any of the other books and want to get a second book. Also check out the Patch From Scratch DVD (although the gardening style used here is a bit different, it is the best DVD I have seen on this topic).
What makes it unique is that it contains a full 12-week urban survival course, complete with excercises and things to do along the way, as you go through the book chapter by chapter. He uses examples from what happened after hurricane Katrina to demonstrate useful vs not-so-useful things to do.
There are a few bad reviews of it on Amazon by people who don't like this kind of approach (if you are one of these people, you would probably prefer a book like Rawles' one, which is in some ways more advanced than this one). There are a few criticisms, the main one being that a lot of it is about stocking up on various different types of equipment, and he takes this a bit too far for most people. Having got that out of the way, this book covers so much that people will need to know about in the future. One thing that he says, which many survivalists would disagree with, is that you will be possibly much better off in a city than in a rural area. The Last-Pope prophecy is really interesting (in my opinion) and ties in closely with the Long-count Calendar of the Mayans which ends on the 21st of December, 2012.
The final chapter gives the Author's own perspective, that he is a Christian and therefore he draws from what the Bible says about the end times. Examine the graph of world population above, noting that the shaded area under the graph gives an approximate idea of the amount of resources that will be consumed by those people. What this means if that in order for business as usual to continue for just another generation (say 30-40 years), the amount of resources the world will need for just those next few decades is roughly equal to (or greater than) the total amount of resources that have ever been consumed, ever, in the history of the human race. It is interesting to see how these changes have been described by other cultures (especially in the past), and that is what you will find in this book.
Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late, Scott B. If you are seriously considering this type of approach, one really nice thing is that you don't need to buy that much gear (since basically everything you have you are going to be carrying with you, apart from that which you might stash away secretly somewhere).
One thing that surprised me when I started reading it, is how, even in the USA, Mr Williams makes it seem really clear that there would be plenty of remote places to live in, miles away from anyone else that might give you trouble. It's a thick book, over 1000 pages, not the type of book you would expect to read from front to back. The real benefit of this book is that reading it will gradually bring your mind more and more around to the idea that all this violence and death is much less of an issue than how you used to feel.
It will also get you used to the idea that economic collapse and the things that go along with it are already happening to much of the world.
Having been written for people in third-world countries who might not have much english or a uni degree in medical science, it's also very easy to understand. I should probably qualify that statement by saying they actually enjoy the poetry we have read out loud to them and the poetry we have given them to read.
I’ve been gathering articles to help parents encourage reading, lists of chapter books, lists pictures books, activities based on books, lists of great read-alouds… You get the picture!
I want to make excuses (always justified, of course) or I want to tell them what needs to be corrected. This guide will show you which plants to eat, how to catch game without guns, how to make clothing, build a shelter, and protect yourself. This guide will tell you which foods to buy and how to store them according to the size, ages, tastes, and health conditions in your family. Navy SEALs know how to survive regardless of temperature, region, weather, and other circumstances. If you want to order any of the books from Australia (which is recommended if you live in Australia or New Zealand), I am gradually adding more links to Australian sources of the books. If you want to go into more depth with any of the topics covered, you can always do that but this book gives a really good grounding in all of the basics.

This is the classic survival skills manual from one of the world's most famous wilderness survival instructors, Tom Brown Jr. Most of the plants are relevant to North America, though some of them are also found in Australia (many of them as introduced weeds).
The book first covers immediate needs like starting a fire, erecting temporary shelter, and finding food. It is a good read, though, and recommended if you are looking for a story that is interesting and easy to keep reading to see what happens next. If survival books were ranked by how much they weigh, this would easily be either the best (or the worst) book in my collection.
This book has lots of colour photos and small writing, which makes it both interesting to flick through and informative as well. Otherwise just browse through the books this section and see what is interesting to you, and what you think you would be most likely to actually use.
If you are the type of person who would prefer a more much gentle, less crisis-oriented book, get The Transition Handbook. If you want a practical book that will get you started on one area of activity that is going to become really, really, important, for a lot of people, definitely get this book. This is another great book to get if you are likely to still be living in an urban area when the crash happens — which is most modern people. And that many of the things that people will naturally do, without knowing any better, will not be that useful. This book covers exactly the things that people will want to know about gardening in a few years time when the food in the shops starts to run short. The methods taught in this book are exactly the thing that I had been looking for all that time. But currently popular intensive vegetable gardening methods depend on cheap oil, requiring high inputs of water, fertility and organic matter. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. It is actually really easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you need to purchase for yourself enough equipment to (as closely as possible) replicate the material and technological standards of living of the unsustainable and grossly over-consuming modern world. If you start on this right now, today, then you will have as long as possible to change your attitudes and your life before the proverbial s**t hits the fan (and you are forced to change them very rapidly). Ferfal's book is based on his own experiences in Argentina before and after their economic collapse in 2001.
Although he does make a concession that a small country town would possibly be the best option, his experience and bias is clearly towards living in a city or urban location. Since it covers so many different traditions, it does not go into any one with a vast amount of depth. Consider also that modern people use far more resources per person than people did in the old days.
When you consider also that we have already used more than half of the available oil, over 75% of the topsoil that existed in the 1500s is now gone, and the human race now uses over 40% of the total resources available to all species on the planet, and our global economy must continue to grow in order for it to continue to exist, it is clear that we are about to run into some big changes. This version is the 1987 edition, which is the same as the current 2001 edition except it does not have the addendum on hormesis. With that being the case, it seems that it would be 1000 times easier to try to do the same thing here in Australia, considering how low our population is compared to the USA, and how much of our population is concentrated in cities. This is the book to get if you are at all frightened (you don't have to admit it to anyone) about the idea of living in a war zone, a collapsed economy, or somewhere with significant civil unrest. This especially applies to anyone (such as myself) who has lived all their life in safe western countries. Using simple language and hundreds of drawings, the book provides information about recognising, treating and preventing common illnesses and injuries. I thought I’d share a few tips with you today, and maybe do a small series of these tips.
Depending on why you want your kids to read, non-fiction may be just the ticket to getting them to pick up a book and start learning.
He once shared with us the best secret I have ever heard for encouraging kids to read: treat it as a reward to earn. Plus, you’ll be warned about 37 poisonous look-alikes that you should avoid under any circumstances. Aguirre also tells you how to fight with a chair, pen, knife, or your bare hands when necessary.
Click image to get bigger picture, and if you find Survival Books interesting, you might pin it to Pinterest. Also there are Australian links to some of the books on the other two book pages shown above. This is the book I recommend for basic wilderness survival skills (of the type discussed on this page), rather than wilderness living skills (such as you would want for a long-term stay in the wilderness). This is Tom Brown's field guide intended for older children, or (mainly) for parents to read and teach to their children.
I like Tom's philosophy and I find that it makes the book much more interesting than the purely technical books such as Davenport and the US Army Survival Manual. He runs what is probably the world's largest and best known wilderness survival and living skills school in the USA, which is sometimes booked out for a couple of years ahead. A nice feature is that almost all of the plants in the plants section are also found in Australia in city and suburban landscapes. This and the Ultimate Guide (below) would be the best two general wilderness living books that I have seen (and I have seen lots). So it is ideal for people who are interested in survival skills as a long-term committment to learning an entire way of life.
Everything they offer is required to be 100% positive and inspiring, and they definitely live up to that. Then it goes beyond other survival books by explaining advanced techniques for long-term living in the wild -- using only those things found in nature. If you've ever looked through a scientific journal or periodical, that is the basic layout for this book: a compendium of articles, each one detailing a different tool, task, method, or application of a primitive skill. However Tom Brown Jr does really know how to do these types of skills, and he must have learned them from somewhere. The cover has a very memorable photo of a girl eating large black spiders on what looks like a satay stick without the satay sauce. It's written from the perspective of countries where they talk about how people with more body fat are fitter and have more endurance. This is one of the books that I recommend to get first — I would even go as far as to say that everyone should get this book (unless perhaps you already have a shelf full of other books covering this subject).
It's a really fun book — well, as close to fun as you can get when writing about a topic like this.
Prior to the 1970s, home food growing used more land because wider plant spacing reduces the need for irrigation and requires lower levels of soil fertility to be productive — and well-spaced plants can be weeded rapidly and conveniently with hand tools while standing upright. Its great strength is the way it shows how to get together with groups of people in your local community and prepare together.
These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. But then, this book is so good (in terms of how much useful information it contains) that even if hiding out in the woods is more to your liking, you could still learn a lot from it. This means that if you cannot imagine yourself living in a rural location, I would recommend this book as one of the best that I have seen on this topic. Hormesis is the idea that extremely low doses of radiation are not only unharmful, but stimulate the body's defence mechanisms in a way that improves their tolerance to higher doses of radiation that may follow.

If you are looking to escape into the wilderness when the global economy is no more, this is your book.
Since all of these things are likely to happen to Western countries at some point in the future, it would be good reading for anyone really. We even have a couple audio books of great children’s poetry that our kids listen to as a part of their learning. He took that as a part of his identity and began scribbling on every piece of paper he could get his hands on and he told everyone we met that he was an artist for a year after that. My friend had a stroke of brilliance, went the extra mile with her 7 year old son, and planned book-based activities for him to do with his preschool-age younger brother. Find topics that interest them, and you may be surprised to find them reading on their own.
As a child, as long as he and his brother were in bed promptly at bedtime, they were allowed to read as late as they wanted.
I would love to hear about what works for your child! How do you encourage your kids to read? Proper reading and learning is an essential preparation for the extreme situations people face. If you think you might ever be stuck in a city or suburb when things start to run out (like food, electricity, water, or law enforcement), this is your book. While there is some treatment of emergency-style survival skills, the focus is on long-term living using (mostly) only what is provided by nature.
Rather than focusing on the bare survival essentials you will need to get through a short-term stay away from civilisation, it is about longer-term wilderness living skills (such as you would want for a long-term stay in the wilderness). The authors show how to make tools by chipping stones, fashion a bow-and-arrow out of tree branches, weave baskets, fire primitive pots, build a semi-permanent shelter, and even tan hides. Despite the title it is much more of a wilderness living book than a survival skills book in the way that most people think of survival skills.
It contains a bit less information overall, but more drawings, it has larger writing and is easier to read. They can also encourage the development of local currencies to keep money in the local area. The addendum is only one page long but it is a good read and adds a positive tone to the end of the book.
The only downside (for people outside the USA) is that 200 of the 300 pages are about locations inside the USA that would be good to live in if you want to be as far away from people as possible.
There are recipies and a lot of pages with tables that have blank boxes that you can use to write in the items that you need and the items that you have in storage and things like that. In Patch from Scratch, Peter Cundall shows you step-by-step how to start a vegetable garden, beginning with an ordinary suburban lawn.
It's the book to get if you have ever wondered how people would get by in the absence of modern Western high-tech medical care. The poems are read by the authors or by actors, and it has been so fun to hear one child or another start quoting a poem in the voice of the actor only to have another sibling join in to finish.
That motivated him to read out loud, gave him some practice as a teacher, and opened up a new way for him to interact with his baby brother. It was so neat to see that Liam recognized many of the monuments, and he actually helped us figure out where we were once when he pointed out the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum! It's a good solid survival book, one of those classic books that keeps getting reprinted every few years. This book is more nicely set out than the Ultimate Guide, and more interesting to read bits from.
Finally, the authors explain how to bring all these skills together to live in the wilderness for days, weeks, months, or even years. You can take this out in the backyard and follow right along, and succeed!” I would agree completely. It's about bowhunting, deer hunting, how to catch predators like coyotes and foxes, how to get close to big game (like bears and mooses), how to track animals and outguess their moves, how to become invisible (like camofluague and blinds), and how to outwit small game.
It's a lot shorter than the one above, covering the same types of subjects but in a more condensed, point form. There are now over 30 transition townsa in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with more joining as the idea takes off.
Still, the 100 other pages are easily worth the price of the book in my opinion and you will learn at least a few things that you might not have thought of before. There are sections on preserving foods, how to garden, and other things that you will need in the future.
He goes through each season (some of then broken into early and late) for 18 months, describing everything in amazing detail. Now, in this case, Paul has always been very sensitive to words, but I have seen the same thing (not quite as dramatically) happen with Liam and Bronte. Click on over to this post to read about it in his words – he says it far more eloquently than I am! The version I have is dated october 1957 (though the printing is much more recent than that) and has a different cover to the picture I have shown here.
If you are serious about learning how to live long-term without modern technology, don't even think — just get this one. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. The disadvantage, though is that it does give his approach a lot of bias towards the circumstances that happened in Argentina where he lived.
There is so much information in this video you could watch it 100 times and still learn more. If you think this might be something to try in your home, Pinterest is a great resource to look for book-based activities! It is also quite cheap so there is no excuse not to have one of these if you are interested in survival information. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. Also it's not as in-depth as some of the other books I have reviwed, but it is very easy to read and it does not give you the feeling that you need hundreds of years of spare time to actually do the things that she recommends. The only real criticism (if you can even call it that) I can think of is that it is so densely packed with information, your brain gets saturated after 10 or 15 minutes. There is another book also titled FM 21-76 which is about Survival, Evasion, and Recovery" which is only 104 pages, that I haven't seen. It's an excellent all-round book for preparing to live through a breakdown in the machinery that keeps our modern lives running.
Having said that, there is a huge amount of information that would be useful in a wide range of circumstances. The plants section contains northern hemishpere plants (it's published in the United Kingdom). When she gets started reading, she is going to love it!” “You are such a curious boy! I bet you are going to have a ton of subjects to look up at the library!” There are lots of ways to put a positive spin on what is naturally in them.

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