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Older Mommy Still Yummy: ~ CLOSED ~ 2012 Canadian Farmer's Almanac and Kids Almanac - Review & Giveaway

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

~ CLOSED ~ 2012 Canadian Farmer's Almanac and Kids Almanac - Review & Giveaway

Canadian Edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac

   I remember seeing, The Old Farmer's Almanac, in my maternal grandparents farmhouse I remember it sitting on the table, looking all dog-eared and well read. 
   I have always been a bit fascinated by the book, but, have never owned a copy.  I guess I must have believed it would only be of interest to "farmers". 
   Well, I was completely wrong.  The first time I opened my book, I flipped through it, reading all types of little tidbits of information and never looked up for over an hour!
   The book is divided into sections titled - 
  • Amusement
  • Anniversary
  • Astrology
  • Astronomy
  • Calendar
  • Food
  • Gardening
  • Special Report
  • News
  • Health & Home
  • Husbandry (the farmer's type!)
  • Outdoors
  • Sports
  • Weather
  • Miscellany
  Reading this list, I'm sure you can see why I was so engrossed in this publication. 
  The calendar pages are the heart of The Old Farmer's Almanac They present sky sightings and astronomical data for the entire year and are what make this book a true almanac, a "calendar of the heavens."  In essence, these pages are unchanged since 1792when Robert B. Thomas published his first edition.  The long columns of numbers and symbols reveal all of nature’s precision, rhythm, and glory, providing an astronomical look at the year 2012.
   My only disappointment was in the left-hand calendar pages.  Unless you live in Ottawa or Halifax, you need to execute some do-able but confusing (at least to me) calculations to obtain the information for your specific region.  You do however; have the option to purchase ($4.95) a 13 month printable chart with times set to your postal code, just visit   When I stop to think about it, this makes sense.  If you had a book with information for each postal code it would be a very thick and very expensive tome.
   I can absolutely see myself keeping this almanac on the coffee table and reading it off and on for the entire year.


The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 4, is a winner in five categories at the 2011 International Book Awards.  
  • Best Children's Book Series
  • Best Children's Educational
  • Best Children's Non-fiction
  • Best Young Adult Educational
  • Best Young Adult Non-fiction 

  The kids almanac is laid out in a similar fashion to the adult almanac. It provides full-colour pages loaded with fun stories, quirky facts, and the type of trivia that kids love...
          "every day your mouth produces 2-3 pints of saliva (also called spit, spittle, or slobber)"...
          "an acre was the amount of land that one man behind an ox could plough in one day"...
          "an ear of corn has, an average, 800 kernels, 16 rows with 50 kernels in each row.  There is one strand of corn silk for each kernel"
...well, you get the idea, and kids absolutely love all these little bits of information! 
   There is a dedicated website, Almanac4Kids, be sure to enter your postal code (top right corner) and you'll receive information specific to your area.  I would think most elementary and middle school aged children; parents of children in these age groups as well as elementary and middle school teachers would love to have this book in their repertoire.
   With the holidays quickly approaching, this book would make a great fun, as well as, educational gift. 

To Buy -
Visit most major book retailers or purchase online at The Old Farmer's Almanac
Win Them -
Five very lucky Older Mommy, Still Yummy readers are going to win a Farmer's Almanac giveaway bundle.  Each bundle will consist of one copy of the Canadian Edition of The 2012 Old Farmers Almanac as well as one copy of The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 4.
To Enter -
Fill in the form below with your qualifying entries.  Good-luck!! 

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At October 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM , Blogger lost butterfly said...

I learned they have an astronomy page and that sort of thing has always interested me. It includes everything from eclipse dates to sunrise and sunset times and even meteor shower guides. I haven't seen a farmers almanac in years and would LOVE to win this. Thank you for another great giveaway!!!

jglaframboise at eastlink dot ca

At October 26, 2011 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Maegan Morin said...

There is so much cool and interesting facts and tidbits on that site! I learned that to many sky watchers, the Moon is home to the gods. Plutarch, a first-century Greek essayist, considered it a way station for the coming and going of souls.

At October 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM , Blogger Kalista said...

I found a new recipe to try (miss Annie's Apple Pie!). Yummm!

At October 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM , Blogger Teena in Toronto said...

I didn't know they still made the almanac ... it's been years since I've see one.

At October 27, 2011 at 12:33 AM , Blogger Glogirl said...

I learned that you can buy products other than just the almanac on the website. Available for purchase are soy candles, puzzles and a gardening calendar.

At October 27, 2011 at 12:54 AM , Blogger Denise G said...

word of the day December
From the Latin word decem, "ten," because this had been the tenth month of the early Roman calendar.

ontariohappychick at gmail dot com

At October 27, 2011 at 12:55 AM , Blogger C Wilson said...

I learned that you plant garlic in the garden in the fall in the six weeks before the ground freezes

At October 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Gingermommy said...

I learnt there are 56 days till winter

At October 28, 2011 at 3:45 AM , Blogger Samorjj said...

I had no idea they had a website, and I just had a lot of fun shopping int he store that I didn't know they had!

At October 28, 2011 at 11:35 AM , Blogger Tinatchick said...

I like their question of the day!

At October 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM , Blogger flowerchild said...

I learned that You can purchase the 2012 copy for $6

At October 30, 2011 at 2:08 AM , Blogger Sharonnelt said...

when the next full moon is.

At October 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM , Blogger deanna_boocock said...

I learned I can use vinegar for cleaning cooking oil off a stovetop

At October 31, 2011 at 12:40 AM , Blogger Sherree said...

I had no idea that I could find out when to plant my garden and flowers. I thought this was mostly for farmers that had large farms.

I have heard my hubby talk about his dad always reading it and I never thought that it would have so much info in it. Amazing.

At October 31, 2011 at 1:29 PM , Blogger NO REASON NEEDED said...

I love the Almanac. Great resource. Thanx for popping to my blog from the Canadian bloghop. I'll be back soon.

At October 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Jen M said...

I learned they have a recipe index on the website with some cool rcipes

At November 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM , OpenID carleymarie88 said...

What did I learn? The Almanac is such a great source of knowledge. Something simple it reminded me to do was get ready to set my clock for daylight saving time.

At November 4, 2011 at 4:09 PM , Blogger nicolthepickle said...

The advice of the day is, "One hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after."
I agree. I'm not sure of that's something that I learned, but it's something I should put into practice :).

At November 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM , Blogger SueSueper said...

I learnt they sell cool Amish Harvest Soy Candle - and many other things!

At November 6, 2011 at 11:25 PM , Blogger Jeanette J said...

The Old Farmer's Almanac has been around since 1792

At November 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Crystal said...

I learned to plant garlic in the fall!

At November 11, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Blogger gibberish said...

I learned what Indian Summer is - hope we get one!

At November 12, 2011 at 7:24 PM , Blogger Laura said...

I learned about Sassafras tea! It is made from the roots of the sassafras tree.

At November 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM , Blogger jennem said...

Saturn, the sixth planet from the Sun, is named for the Roman god of agriculture. In Greek mythology, Saturn became the ruler of the universe when he led a successful rebellion against his father, Uranus.

At November 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM , Blogger mousecat said...

I learned that they have caluculated the best days for fishing. I should have been looking at that this past summer!!

At November 20, 2011 at 5:31 PM , Blogger Belinda M said...

I learned the the first frost fall for 2012 in winnipeg is expected to be Sept. 22

belinda mcnabb

At November 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM , Blogger Charlene Vidal said...

How to grow salad in the winter (indoors).

At November 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

My daughter just loves books

At November 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Blogger ann said...

I learned when the next full moon is .

amhengst at verizon dot net

At November 29, 2011 at 5:24 PM , Blogger desitheblonde said...

books i want tem and love them t read

At November 29, 2011 at 11:42 PM , Blogger Penny Minding Mom said...

I learned where the modern potato came from.

At December 3, 2011 at 12:48 AM , Blogger Amy C said...

I learned that in
1831: The Erie Canal was closed due to weather

At December 4, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Blogger cocorricco said...

The site is FULL of recipes. Which really makes me excited!

At December 5, 2011 at 10:20 PM , Blogger The Zoo said...

I did not remember that winter officially begins in 17 days (it feels more like fall around here -- eastern ontario).

At December 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM , Blogger ~ The Country Mouse ~ said...

I learned when the next full moon is.

At December 7, 2011 at 9:49 PM , Blogger Crystal said...

I learned they have recipes!

At December 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM , Blogger larrypmNL said...

The first Christmas card is thought to have been printed in England in 1843.


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