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Are you prepared?
Miss Sillyworth, by Ateval Dier, a children’s book available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, libertyhillpublishing.com/bookstore, and using a web search to find additional sellers.
Description and Explanation
THOUGH Miss Sillyworth APPEARS TO BE OLD FASHIONED AND ECCENTRIC BY TODAY’S STANDARDS, SHE HAS A VERY GOOD REASON FOR BEING SO.
Today’s world is uncertain with unusual weather, terrorist threats, and cyber attacks on our electric grids, etc. Today we are so interdependent that we would be unable to survive on our own, as result, we are not prepared for the unexpected. Though we can’t protect ourselves from every danger, like Miss Sillyworth, though eccentric by modern terms, we can prepare as best we can. One way is to become as self sufficient as possible.
The 1840’s farm was essentially self sufficient. They raised and preserved their ownfood. They were dependent on animal power rather than oil and gas. They raised sheep and cotton and spun their own fabric, and provided their own light with candles they made themselves or oil lamps. They provided their own wood for heat by managing tree acreage and they had their own water from wells. One person of course cannot do all this alone so others were hired or communities joined together to help each other. This is one of the reasons they had large families and large groups of relatives working together.
Miss Sillyworth is an interactive children’s story where the child is encouraged to ask questions and express their opinion as Miss Sillyworth is followed.
The story is also conducive to many research projects with children that can be about life in the 1840’s, their food, their methods, their clothing, their transportation, their homes, their farms etc. There can be field trips to Amish farms and tourist places where the old skills are being demonstrated etc.
In the back of the book, there is a government website that will help you make a plan to prepare as much as possible for the unexpected.