Did you know that on February 13th, you can change your name for the day? That the sky sometimes turns green right before a tornado forms? Or that October 31 is National Knock-Knock Day?
We had no idea until we received our copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids Volume 3. This book is chock full of the funniest, most entertaining facts, stories and myths to be found. The hours of reading entertainment value for the price of $9.95 make this book more than an excellent purchase; it’s a must-have in my opinion. My only correction to the information would be that if your child can read, I would ignore the ages 9-12 reading level and obtain this book for reading as a family, and work your way through it. My son is 5 and reads most of it, and I am more than happy to help him figure out the more complex words, because I honestly can’t stop reading it as well!
Full of games and activities to try, the publisher has nailed the release time bang-on: right on time for summer vacation. This book has a reminiscent tone of times when kids were outside all summer long, making up games and filling those long, lazy summer days with imaginative play. This book is fodder for many a fun idea, dramatic play and discovering nature around you.
Both my son and I are looking forward to Volume 4 next summer!
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Page Count: 192 pages
Publisher: OFA (July 15, 2009)
What to expect: A book chock full of witty facts and fun, ranging from nature to sports, hours of reading value.
Publisher’s synopsis: The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 3, will be released in July, just in time to provide some summer fun! School will be out, but imagination and curiosity won’t take a vacation with The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids in hand. This edition’s 192 easy-to-read pages are filled with riveting stories, fascinating articles, engaging games, and interactive projects.
About the Author: Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has published useful information for people in all walks of life: tide tables for those who live near the ocean; sunrise tables and planting charts for those who live on the farm; recipes for those who live in the kitchen; and forecasts for those who don’t like the question of weather left up in the air.
The Almanac, North America’s oldest continuously published periodical, comes out every year in September. The latest edition is on sale now wherever magazines and books are sold.
Our operation is based in Dublin, New Hampshire. The words of the Almanac’s founder, Robert B. Thomas, guide us still: “Our main endeavour is to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humour.”
In recent years, we’ve expanded The Old Farmer’s Almanac line of products — always with an eye on Mr. Thomas’s wise words about keeping things fun and practical — so that now we produce many calendars, cookbooks, journals, the All-Season Garden Guide, music CDs, and many handy reference charts.
Our Rating: 5 out of 5