Gr 3–5—Eight seasonal activities, including one recipe, embellish brief passages about the history and customs associated with each holiday. Unfortunately the craft instructions are far too simple, jeopardizing the success or coherence of the projects. In addition, the written instructions do not always match the process photos and sometimes pictures of the completed projects are missing. Occasional egregious factual errors-Cinco de Mayo is not a "national holiday" in the U.S.; college football teams do not play in the Thanksgiving Classic-cast a pall over the credibility of this series. The "All New Holiday Crafts for Kids" series (Millbrook) is a better choice, with more crafts per book and better instructions.
Anita Yasuda is a qualified Montessori early childhood education teacher and the author of Greetings from Buffalo; Hello Kitty: Cute, Creative & Collectible; and Snapshots of San Diego: Sun, Surf & Sand. She lives in Orangeville, Ontario. Bryan Stone is a cartoonist who graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies and the illustrator of Explore Colonial America! He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.