An Apple A Day by Caroline Taggart

April 19, 2011 2 flames 0

Author: Caroline Taggart
Source: FSB Media
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Readers Digest (March 3, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781606521915
ISBN-13: 978-1606521915


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.


I constantly find myself wondering about certain phrases and how they originated.  I remember my Grandmother always telling me things like “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or “The darkest hour is before the dawn” and I never really understood what some of them meant at times.  In this book, we get to learn about the origin and the many meanings a phrase or proverb.

While I liked the book, and the read is not fairly long, it still had me wondering about a few of them.  Yes, it tries to explain what they mean, but some of them felt like a dictionary entry instead of simple terms.  I think with Mother’s Day coming up soon, this would be a great book to give as a gift.  You could highlight the proverbs that your Mother would say as you went through life and leave little notes in the margin to remind her why she would say them to you.

I feel that this book would be best as a book left for gifts than a book that you would purchase and keep on your keeper shelf.  I liked it, but I wouldn’t go as far to say I would read it over and over again.  It is more like a reference book that would hold more meaning as a gift with added insight written by yourself.


  If the library doesn’t have it, don’t worry about reading it! 2 STARS

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