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Friday’s library snapshot …

September 27, 2013

I have a passion for alphabet books; and over the last couple years have featured some on my Friday slot.  I have also rummaged through them for inspiration when flummoxed for the Alphabe Thursday.  

My favourite for all time is Apples Berkshire Cider : the A-Z to apples, apple growing and cider-making in in Berkshire written by Duncan Mackay, illustrated by Peter Hay designed & lettered by Pip Hall and published by Two Rivers Press and New Road Cyderists.

The first letter in the alphabet gives a good introduction to the book and its aims.

‘A is for apples and Apple Day.  There are over 2,000 varieties of apples in Britain today (and at least 6,000 have been grown here in the past) However we are in acute danger of losing this precious heritage because of standardisation and modern methods of fruit production.  The purpose of this book is to help everyone become more aware of apples and to take action to STOP THE ROT.  Each page covers an aspect of apple culture, apple growing or cider making and contains an action point with suggested activities to encourage participation in local practices to maintain this aim.

Apple Day is celebrated on October 21st each year  and festivals take place all over Britain around around the nearest weekend.

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