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Marmots, Pika, and Sewellel, Oh MY!

The next installment of the Burgess Animal Book for Children coloring pages are in the shop featuring Marmots, along with the cutest relative of rabbits- the Pika, and the great “Mountain Beaver” or Sewellel. The hardest animal to draw this time was the Sewellel and my favorite to draw was the Pika because it’s just so cute.

Woodchucks are often called Groundhogs and they are also from the Sciuridae Family like our Squirrel friends. I thought it would be fun to include one of the descriptions Thornton W. Burgess included in his “The Little Burgess Animal Book”. We have a vintage edition that I purchased from Etsy and it is very well-loved. I love that it gives little summaries for many of the animals in the larger book.

“Whistler

is the Hoary Marmot, own cousin to Johnny Chuck and looking much like him but handsomer and very much larger. He lives high up in the mountains of the Far West. There he loves to sit on a big rock, or other high point, from which he can look far in all directions. His sight and hearing are wonderful. And how that fellow can whistle! He can be heard for more than a mile. When he sees an enemy, he whistles a warning to all his friends. Johnny Chuck and Whistler are really big ground-loving Squirrels.”

Page 42, The Little Burgess Animal Book

You can find these pages with the Ch 1-12 bundle here in the shop.

And if you want to know where we found this resource for our homeschool you can check out our curriculum here: A Gentle Feast.

Until next time, enjoy Spring! <3 Kate

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Spring Flowers

Spring is upon us and we are getting so excited to work in the garden. We started some seedlings this past weekend and can see some sprouts already coming up.

This is very exciting to my children as we have been reading “Little Flower Folks” with our Gentle Feast Curriculum. These first seeds are flower seeds. Through our studying this term, they will be able to identify the parts of each flower as they come up this Spring.

We have loved going through this book together and realizing the magic all around us. It has been entertaining to learn what plants and flowers were previously used for as well. Hepatica flowers were used for every kind of liver ailment because their leaves are “three-lobed like a liver.” “This method of medical treatment was called the ‘Doctrine of Signatures’ – every herb having its own sign by which it could speak to man and tell its mission if only man were wise enough to hear and understand.” — Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick.

Something I like to use that is all natural while gardening is our Oarsman’s Friend Hand Salve. It helps with the skin’s protective barrier while working in the garden. The dirt is often what dries out our feet and hands in the Spring and Summer, so it is so nice to put on a layer of this hand salve after playing outside or gardening. My kids love it too.

Can’t wait to share more about our little Patio Garden and our Sprouts.

Until then, enjoy the dirt! <3 Kate