Friday, October 8, 2010

Not Just for Boys

Recently, Alice asked for reviews of her latest book. My son and I jumped at the chance. You see, we have her other books. We adore them. The illustrations are so charming and appealing, and my daughter much preferred Alice's gentle sewing tutorials over mine. Also, Alice and her family only live a few miles away from the rest of our family in Louisiana. How could we go wrong?

A week later, the book arrived. Luckily, I'm a fast reader. I had the book for the first two hours, and since then my son hasn't let it out of his sight.

We can tell you that Tin Cups & Tinder: A Catholic Boy's Little Book of Fire, Food & Fun by Alice Cantrell is everything we hoped for, and more.

Written by Alice and her boys, the book is chock full of recipes, sewing advice, Bible quotes, Saint stories, and nature. In her introduction Alice states, "The purpose of this little book is to casually introduce a few domestic survival skills to our boys using useful recipes and other projects all lightly seasoned with the rich flavors of our Faith."

She accomplished her objective. Plus some.

Written in an easy, flowing style, the book makes everyone, not just boys, want to start baking and sewing and camping. My son is making his own plant press and sewing his own haversack, using the simple and clear instructions. I can't wait to get my hands on it again so I can make the potholders ~ genius idea!

Buy the book. You won't be disappointed!

ETA: Alice has a giveaway on her blog, and her Etsy shoppe is open...


  1. Thanks for the review. It looks like a must-have for families with boys. What age are the activities geared towards?

    Pax Christi - Lena

  2. Lena, my son is 8 and my daughter 11, and the activities are perfect for them. My best guess would be between 5 and 17.

  3. Sounds like I've got one Christmas present figured out! Thanks Paula! (and Alice!)


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