Children's Literature - Michelle H. MartinWhat's the best way to make Mother's Day special? One in a series of holiday activity books for children, My Very Own Mother's Day has lots of wonderful ideas. Best of all, it recommends using these activities to let Mom know how special she is all the time, not just on Mother's Day. With colorful illustrations and informative photographs, this text guides young cooks and artists through making edible delights such as Cupid's Kabobs, Eggstraordinary Bugs, Dirty But Delicious Shakes and Ants Go Marching Cookies. Some of the crafts include Mother's Day Puzzles, Oodles-of-Noodles Jewelry and Baskets of Love. Ever aware of safety concerns, West has included safety tips for cooking and crafts-a useful guide for the inexperienced. Multicultural and visually appealing, this activity book is interesting enough to be an excellent reference for Dads, yet simple enough to be accessible to children who want to create a surprise for Mom without adult assistance. A fine book to purchase before May 12.
School Library JournalGr 3-5A mishmash of recipes, activities, information, and ideas, designed to inspire children to honor their mothers. There are menus for breakfast, brunch, a picnic, afternoon tea, and dinner, each with a few recipes for foods such as "Petunia Swirls" (a tuna sandwich arranged with carrots to resemble a flower). Full-color photographs assist readers in concocting these good and easy recipes. Full-color cartoons and black-line drawings accompany directions for a decorated basket, pasta jewelry, and ideas for thoughtful deeds related to this spring celebration of motherhood.Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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