Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review: The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life by Jennifer Worick

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The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl by Jennifer Worick 

Series: Single
Published: October 1, 2007
Publisher: Taunton Press
200 pages (hardback)
Genre: How-To, Non-Fiction
Acquired this book: Local Public Library
Warning: May contain spoilers
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My Rating: 2 1/2 Stars

The Prairie Girl's Guide to Life provides very basic information (and I mean very basic) on how to live a prairie girl lifestyle in the modern world. The book contains information ranging from how to host a quilting bee to how to pull your hair up into a bun. 

I found the idea behind this book quite intriguing. What little girl didn't want to live like Laura Ingalls when she was growing up? Heck, I still enjoy reading the Little House series and I love trying to create crafts that were popular during that time period. So for the inspiration, I give the book a couple of stars. 

However, I was slightly disappointed in this book. It seemed to cut corners and condense things too much. It also provided very simple activities and things to do, such as how to braid your hair. I'm sure some people do not know how to braid their hair, but the ideas and information just came across as too basic and simple. 

I suppose I was looking for a bit more depth from this book. I would have liked to have seen more historical information, such as what the people of that time period ate and wore. The author delves a little bit into pioneer cuisine and fashion, but not enough to really provide much historical depth to the book. 

The author also insisted on including glimpses into her childhood. Her childhood was far from pioneer-like. In fact, it made my childhood look downright caveman. Not that I mind at all for an author to include their background in such a book, but she seemed to have very little actual background knowledge in what she was writing about. Her writing came across as someone who enjoyed reading a great deal of fiction and not that of someone who had spent some time actually researching the history behind pioneer living. 

With that, I give this book 2 1/2 stars. I did enjoy it. I could definitely see some of the projects being fun things to do with your children. But I would have loved to have seen more historical depth and just more information on the pioneer time period. 

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