American Bushman

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Skyhorse Publishing (Initial Impressions)

I received two books from Skyhorse Publishing over the weekend. The two titles were "Homesteading" and "Self-Sufficiency."

Both books are hard cover and measure 8.5" X 11" and have 464 pages. They are also both edited by Abigail R. Gehring.

I said this would be my initial impressions as I haven't had the time to read both books thoroughly but the kids and I have gone through both volumes looking for project ideas throughout the weekend.

With that in mind, here's my initial thoughts on these two books:

The books are made with a high-quality paper and include lots of great illustrations and photographs. The bindings are nice and tight and the cover is designed in such as way that it will lay flat when you open up the book. (This is an important feature in a book that has instructions that you may want to revisit while doing a project.)

The information within the books is presented clearly and concisely and the pictures and illustrations do a great job of advancing the subject while also showing some photographic artistry.

Both books have listed resources for further research whether you're looking for food co-ops or a place to buy chickens and turkeys.

For the cover price of $24.95, I'd say these books represented a good value and I'd wager you could find them for even less online if you looked around making them an even better value.

The kids and I will be using the books as a resource as we do some of the projects within in the coming weeks and months. The first one we're going to try, I think, is making a hydroponic "garden."

Thanks for reading,



At 8:15 AM, Blogger Vinosaur said...

Great books, but only $17 through Amazon. Gotta save when you can in this economy.


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