The Simple Joys of Grandparenting: Stories, Nursery Rhymes, Recipes, Games, Crafts, and More

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Beautifully illustrated and chock full of everything you need to be a great grandparent, this is the perfect gift for new grandpas and grandmas. In these pages you?ll find classic stories and poems from Rudyard Kipling and Lewis Carroll, as well as the most important recipes (perfect chocolate chip cookies, amazing mac ?n cheese, and the world?s cutest cupcakes), crafts that will entertain boys and girls on a rainy day, and words of wisdom from grandparents through the centuries. With illustrations from artists ...

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Overview

Beautifully illustrated and chock full of everything you need to be a great grandparent, this is the perfect gift for new grandpas and grandmas. In these pages you’ll find classic stories and poems from Rudyard Kipling and Lewis Carroll, as well as the most important recipes (perfect chocolate chip cookies, amazing mac ’n cheese, and the world’s cutest cupcakes), crafts that will entertain boys and girls on a rainy day, and words of wisdom from grandparents through the centuries. With illustrations from artists including Kate Greenaway and Beatrix Potter, this is a keepsake book that will be a boon to any grandparent.

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Library Journal
For small children, weekends spent with grandma is the equivalent of catnip. In this charming activity book for grandparents, readers will delight in a simple yet captivating bounty of spoils sure to cement Grandma’s rock star status. Replete with beloved fairy tales, recipes such as Peter Rabbit salad, and homemade crafts like pinecone birds and pressed flowers, the book also includes a special section with space for building family trees and remembering important dates. Full color illustrations from the likes of Beatrix Potter and Kate Greenaway perfectly capture the innocence of a leisurely childhood and will enchant junior as much as grandma. Yes, one can find all of this information elsewhere, but this is a pitch-perfect combination of simple activities and vintage drawings that make for an instant homesteading classic.
VERDICT Wrap this book with a bow and send your mischief-making deputies to grandma’s. As Gehring states in the tear-jerking introduction, “Grandparents…are in the perfect position to make their grandchild feel like the most important thing in the world just by being present, by listening, [and] by taking time to get to know him.” A lovely title that captures a most special relationship.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616086428
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/3/2012
  • Series: Ultimate Guides Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 633,614
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading,
and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous
Jobs. She’s practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in
Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies,
and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham,
Vermont.

Martha M. Gehring has been drawing since she was about the same age as her grandson (five years old). She specializes in watercolors and oils and enjoys painting on unusual surfaces, such as slate. She lives in Vermont with her husband and cats.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Martha M. Gehring ix

Stories and Nursery Rhymes 1

Baa, baa, black sheep 2

The Elves and the Shoemaker 5

Jack and Jill 8

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep 9

The Princess and the Pea 11

Little Miss Muffet 13

The north wind doth blow 14

The Ugly Duckling 17

Pat-a-cake 28

The Twelve Dancing Princesses 31

Little Jack Horner 36

Humpty-Dumpty sat on a wall 38

Rapunzel 41

Maiy had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow 46

Sleeping Beauty 49

Hey! Diddle, diddle 53

The Tale of Peter Rabbit 55

The Three Bears 63

Hickery, dickery, dock 70

Mary, Mary, quite contrary 72

Crafts 75

Berry Ink and Feather Pens 77

Make a Birdhouse! 79

Coupon Book 82

Finger Paint 84

Handmade Valentines 87

Make a Sundial 89

Make Paper 91

Pinecone Birds 95

Potato Prints 97

Pressed Flowers and Leaves 98

Collages 100

Sand Jars 101

Sock Puppets 103

Terrariums 104

Edible Playdough 106

Games and Activities 109

Bob for Apples 111

Plant Magic 112

Bookworm 115

Car Games 117

Long-Distance Activities 119

Compost Lasagna 121

Garden Party 123

Papier-Mâché Piñata 124

How Soap Works 127

Have a Tea Party 129

Build an Indoor Fort 130

Plant Art 132

Scavenger Hunt 133

Story Time 137

Plant Something! 139

Recipes 141

Chocolate Fudge 142

Homemade Ice Cream 145

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Crunch Bars 147

FoodArt 148

Chocolate-Peppermint Spoons 151

Lemonade 153

Macaroni and Cheese 154

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Marsh mallows 155

Homemade Marshmallows 156

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 159

Popcorn Balls 161

Rabbit Cake 163

Velvety Chocolate Cup cakes 165

Mini Pizzas 167

Peter Rabbit's Favorite Salad 168

Records 171

Family Tree 173

Family Treasure Map 177

Important Dates 180

Important Facts 304

A Grandparent's Journal 209

Conversation Time 210

Favorite Quotes from the Grandkids 232

Aknowledgments and Art Credits 224

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