SparklerThis weekend we’re hoping to secure a last minute invite to one of our friend’s beautiful cottages (WINK WINK!!!). If that falls through then we'll be celebrating Canada Day in the city, which will be just as lovely.  As long as we’re surrounded by good people, eating delicious food and sipping on a cold drink, we know we'll be having the time of our lives.

We've posted a list of great books on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/MandaGroup - to help you make this Canada Day the best one yet. Here are a couple of our favourites....HAPPY CANADA DAY!

9780762783526Nature is a destination, but you don’t have to travel anywhere to find it. Just open the door and step outside. A fun, hands on approach to getting involved in nature, The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book is a year-round how-to activity guidebook for getting kids outdoors and exploring nature, be it catching fireflies in the cool summer evenings; making bird feeders in the fall from peanut butter, pine cones, and seed; building a snowman in 3 feet of fresh winter snow; or playing duck, duck, goose with friends in a meadow on a warm spring day. The Kids' Outdoor Adventure Book includes 448 things to do in nature for kids of all ages--more than one activity for every single day of the year. Each of the year's four seasons includes fifty checklist items, fifty challenge items, three each of projects, destinations, garden recipes, and outdoor games. Throughout the book, you'll also find fascinating facts, useful tips and tricks, and plenty of additional resources to turn to. Complete with whimsical, vibrant illustrations, this book is a must for parents and their kids. ( Globe Pequot Press | 9780762783526)

51Ku3GlAF9L._SX260_Weekend trip or extended adventure, traveling by foot, bike, boat, or car, get the basics under your belt with The Camping Bible and enjoy a risk-free excursion, whatever the weather. Covering all aspects of camping for all types of terrain—mountains or plains, forest, desert, or the seashort—this practical companion imparts: how to get started, where to camp, what equipment to bring, what cuisine to cook, how to camp with kids, the best way to navigate and hike, and what to do in common emergency situations.  Packed with useful in-the-field advice, tips, clear how-to instructions and diagrams, this is the essential guide for any beginner or more advanced outdoor enthusiast.  This book goes into great detail about the different types of camping gear available on the market, the different techniques you can use to maximize your camping experience, and the different hazards that you might face. Knowing how to handle dangerous and nuisance animals, for example, or having instructions of what to do if someone is injured, can making camping safer and more enjoyable. (Quayside Publishing Group | 9780785829836)

51gB5ZBJ5kL._SY300_From planetary movements and the exploration of our solar system to black holes and dark matter, this comprehensive reference simplifies all aspects of astronomy with an approachable question-and-answer format. With chapters broken into various astronomical studies—including the universe, galaxies, planets, and space exploration—this fully updated resource is an ideal companion for students, teachers, and amateur astronomers, answering more than 1,000 questions, such as Is the universe infinite? What would happen to you if you fell onto a black hole? What are the basic concepts of Einstein's special theory of relativity? and Who was the first person in space? ( IPG: Independent Publishers Group | 9781578594191)

9780848736484_p0_v1_s260x420In the South, barbecue is king. Barbecue grills are ubiquitous fixtures in backyards across the region, and every Southerner looks forward to the "firing-up" season. This book is a follow up to the best-selling Big Book of BBQ and is filled with expert techniques and know-how enables every cook to start grilling like an award-winning pit master in his own backyard. (Oxmoor House | 978-0848736484)

 

 

51BvqLdOBzL._SX260_ Pick a card game—any game! Everyone loves to play cards, and this ultimate collection has all the fun favorites, including rummy, spades, war, old maid, go fish, snip snap snorem, and hearts. There are over 50 games in all, organized by type and difficulty, and complete with instructions, rules, strategies, color illustrations, and a brief note on each one's origins. ( Sterling Publishing | 9781402750410)