Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

Winterberries and Apple Blossoms is a sweet picture book that showcases a life in the year of a young Mennonite girl, Naomi, in verse, month by month. The verses are accompanied by beautiful paintings by Peter Etril Snyder. Together the verse and illustrations show the beautiful, quaint, and rhythmic life of an Old Order Mennonite family.

With all of our plasma televisions, iPods/Pads/phones, e-readers, and other electronics, it is hard for us to imagine what life would be like without all of the distractions we relish in. Yet, the simple life has its beauty and great enjoyment as shown in January’s quilting bees, June’s homemade ice cream, and September’s fresh cider and apple pies. Winterberries and Apple Blossoms is a great way to show these beauties to the little ones in your life.

One of my favorite parts of Winterberries and Apple Blossoms are the recipes that follow the verses. There is a recipe for each month, and each recipe is rated for a child’s ability to work the recipe with little or increasing adult assistance. My husband kept looking over my shoulder saying, “Oh! We definitely need to try that one!” I must have heard that about twelve times! (Did I mention that there is one recipe for each month?)

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Tundra Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.