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Build a drawing machine, experiment with magic milk, or make bubble prints. The books here offer creative ways to share the joy of science, art, and nature to the children in our lives.

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Adventures in Yarn Farming

Barbara Parry’s Springdelle Farm revolves around the sheep, llamas, and goats that contribute to her signature farm yarns. Follow Barbara through a year on the farm—from lambing and caring for her flock to shearing and preparing fiber for yarn—and get an insider’s view of life on a fiber farm, all told through the eyes of a veteran shepherdess and textile artisan. Along the way, discover techniques for spinning and dyeing natural fibers, and patterns from top knitwear designers.

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The Joy of Discovery : an interview with Lynn Brunelle

LynnBrunelle_004Roost Books: Your new book chronicles how you, a self-proclaimed geek mom, get through the challenges of parenting by turning to the logic of science. What do you hope parents take away from your stories?

Lynn Brunelle: That we’re all doing our best and things come up. Parenting is a great challenge. Laugh if you can and let it change you. Let it tweak the lens a little bit. But look into the hard stuff—the stuff that makes you squirm and look deep. There are goodies in the muck!

RB: The subjects of science and parenting seem really far apart. Do they really mix?

LB: To me they are enthusiastically yoked together. It’s such a lovely perspective to glance through and stare through. Parenting is all about science. Because honestly, science is about observing, asking questions, solving problems, making mistakes, and trying again and again. How is that NOT being a parent?

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