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From Old Testament proverbs to modern phrases like "the best things in life are free," An Apple a Day takes a fun look at expressions that "have stood the test of time."
Read through from start to finish or search through the list of hundreds of the most common proverbs, arranged from A to Z for easy reference. You’ll learn about each proverb’s surprising origins, why some are valid and others are not, the derivation and meanings behind them, and their relevance in today’s society.
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Yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to have a guest post by the author of this book. If you have not had a chance, I really suggest you read her post, A Quiz On Proverbs.
First thing I noticed about this book was that it was published by Reader’s Digest. I don’t know about your house, but I know in my house growing up we were always told that the Reader’s Digest books were ones to keep and cherish. I know that every time I had to write a paper or look something up, my mom had some Reader’s Digest non-fiction book that would point me in the direction. So knowing this little tidbit of information, I raised my bar for reviewing. Because in order to belong to one of those hallowed Reader’s Digest books, it would have to be better then the rest.
I have to honestly say that this book did not let me down. It definitely delivered on my “Reader’s Digest” expectations and then some.
The authors wit and insight lends a wonderful balance to the information that she presents. Not only is she recounting how these wonderful proverbs came into being, she is also explaining how some of them are used incorrectly.
One popular proverb is “All that glitters is not gold”. I knew that it had originally been glisters and not glitters. However, I was under the impression from other things that I have read that this was originally attributed to William Shakespeare. Yes, he had used it in The Merchants of Venice. Yet, the words date back much earlier than him.
Each of the proverbs is listed in the book in alphabetical order. It makes it so much easier to find specific ones. I really like that Caroline will put pages numbers when she references another proverb while explaining one. This makes it easier to flip over to read that other page.
Not only does she include the very definition of a proverb in her introduction, but there is also a wonderful index in the back.
This is a must have for every book shelf.
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