This book is very frustrating. It's got some adorable little patterns that look like they would look great even if kid made them. Now I know a parentThis book is very frustrating. It's got some adorable little patterns that look like they would look great even if kid made them. Now I know a parent is supposed to love everything their child makes, but really, it makes it that much better if it's something that your guests will like seeing, too, when they come over and you're displaying your loved ones art.
BUT... there isn't a single photograph in here. They're all cutesy illustrations (and four color photos don't cost any more to print than full color drawings) and that's just not a good enough substitute for a photo in a craft book, especially for a young child. Kids have a tough time separating reality from make believe (fiction from nonfiction) and in this hazy wonderful world, extrapolating how something would look in the real world compared to how it really would look if they made it, is just beyond the capability of most in the age range this book is aimed at.
When I was reading the book, I wondered if the authors had even tried their ideas out. Some of the things really needed them such as the borax stars. You can't tell what they look like at all from the pictures. I've made them and it's so cool. The pipe cleaners come out crystallized like there are thick chunks of ice all over them. You can't tell they were originally pipe cleaners. (This particular project is for children a little older than some of the others.)
I can't help but think the lack of photos and comprehensive instructions is why there aren't any reviews here. My library had a copy so it's not obscure. And it was published less than two years ago so it's not old nor too new. It's sad because I think this would be a popular title with those that work with little kids and want to do not-so-messy and quick crafts. I would totally have bought it if it had photos. ...more
This now classic storybook has always been a favorite of mine. I remember trying to learn to whistle, too, and I was doing so in order to call my dad'This now classic storybook has always been a favorite of mine. I remember trying to learn to whistle, too, and I was doing so in order to call my dad's cat in for dinner. The boy in the book, Peter, has a huge imagination and his parents support him in that, such as when he pretends to be his father and his mother tells him she thinks Peter was out with the dog and perhaps he could find him there.
I like that the dog is a daschund yet no one makes fun of that. I love that the family is black, and that's irrelevant to the plot; they're just another family.
The illustrations are simplistic but they are somehow collages, I think, and they fit the story perfectly....more
3.5 stars rounded up because I remember how much I loved this book as a kid and the creatures are so cute.
These Serendipity books are not withstanding3.5 stars rounded up because I remember how much I loved this book as a kid and the creatures are so cute.
These Serendipity books are not withstanding the passing of time for me.
In Bangalee, the creatures are in danger of being eaten by a monster because they don't keep themselves or their home clean. Once they monster goes away, they keep it clean ever after. Of course the hero is, "...the one creature in the whole world who could always find that spot you missed." Nothing was said about him being just a little controlling or uptight.
Yeah, it's fine, but I just think children will see it as an impossible task to keep their rooms spotless. I would have preferred to see the creatures playing and then putting away their toys when they were done....more
I grew up with Mayle's books. Where Did I Come From? and "What's Happening to Me?" A Guide to Puberty were staples of my youth and books I read to myI grew up with Mayle's books. Where Did I Come From? and "What's Happening to Me?" A Guide to Puberty were staples of my youth and books I read to my daughter when she got to the appropriate ages. [Although, I have to say, she wasn't quite ready for the former. Each page I read to her, I asked if she understood or if it made sense, and she nodded and said she didn't have questions. When we got to the end, I asked again if she had any questions. She said she had just one. She turned to the page with the naked man, pointed to his penis and asked, "What's that for?" Clearly the book went over her head or something...]
Like the others, I found that this book has withstood the test of time. Most of it was still applicable today, and surprisingly unsexist. There was no assumption that the children would live with the mother. The one thing that wasn't up to date was the idea that the child would live with one parent or the other when nowadays joint custody is very common. Still, the information was healthy and positive and perfectly appropriate for today's elementary school aged children. The book didn't talk down to the reader, and actually talks about what can go wrong in a relationship, including falling out of love. Coupled with Arthur Robins's humorous illustrations, this is a book I can still recommend....more