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Children's LiteratureConcerned about what to create as gifts for the holiday? Want to create things that people will use and enjoy, but not have to spend a lot of money? There are plenty of ideas in this craft book. I liked the opening statements wherein the author reminds kids that "Christmas is a very special time of the year. It is about spending time with family and friends. It's about reflecting upon your year and gearing up for the new one. It's also about giving gifts." Most of the ideas for gifts are those that can be made from materials that are probably around the house or that can be easily purchased. The most expensive and most often used tool is a glue gun which means that young kids will need supervision when using it and older ones should take care. There are no great surprises, kids can make picture frames, magazine holders, pillows, bubble bath bags, hair clips and more. The Fa-La-La Facts spread is interesting, and I was particularly surprised to learn that people didn't begin exchanging Christmas gifts until the late 1800s. The book is printed in green on off white pages and there is no index or table of contents which would have been a help. 2003, Grosser and Dunlap, Ages 6 to 10.
— Marilyn Courtot