Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Nook: 5-Gallon Bucket Book AND Barnyard Kids

DIY projects are a growing trend. There's more interesting in doing things yourself, whether it's yard work, raising food, crafts, or other areas of life. There are two fun books from Quarto Publishing that I recently got to review, that tap into this DIY trend.

Five-gallon buckets already serve many easy purposes - carrying liquids and objects like firewood, as a seat or stool, or a place to rest things to keep them handle. The 5-Gallon Bucket Book: DIY Projects, Hacks, and Upcycles has over sixty projects for those who like to tinker. The projects in the book have great, easy-to-read instructions, with clear lists of items needed and good images of the projects. A lot of them are things I would never have thought of: a small room air conditioner or an air cannon, for example. Others are things I've seen, like a composting toilet; or things that make sense, but I wouldn't know how to do, like an air cannon.

The other book makes a great gift for anyone looking to raise more of their own food. Barnyard Kids - a Family Guide to Raising Animals is a practical guide to those who want to get their feet wet with raising livestock. It helps families choose appropriate animals for their situation and goals, keep the animals healthy and well-cared-for, housing the animals, and how to make use of everything an animal provides - include the waste. The nice thing is that it's geared towards families, so it makes it accessible for jobs that kids can do to earn responsibility and the nature of where food comes from.

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