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This rich and nostalgic book of wonders is a collection of art, literature, and activities custom-made for the family bookshelf. Divided into five sections that illuminate a child’s world and interests — Magic and Make-Believe; Outdoor Exploring; Crafts and Construction; Yummy for the Tummy; and Bedtime, Bathtime, and Dreamtime — Childhood Wonders is more than a great gift book. It gives families a tool to reconnect with childhood whimsy and explore the importance of learning through play.
I received this book over the holidays and we have been reading it almost every night now and doing the activities during all these snow days. So far, my little one’s favorite story is the Medieval Quest. Each story within the sections includes a story, poem, information about the topic and activity. The Medieval Quest has directions on how to go on a Dragon Hunt. The pictures in the book are great too! This book has kept us entertained many a day! Childhood Wonders would make a great birthday gift or even a great gift for a loved one for Valentine’s Day. I would definitely recommend it.
Award-winning writer, educator and family issues advocate Susan Magsamen begins her book, The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders (National Geographic Children’s Books), with this simple yet powerful thought:
“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”
Catching your shadow. Daydreaming. Banging pots. Dress-Up. In today’s fast-paced and over-scheduled world of carpools, activity spreadsheets and Nintendo DS, simple wonders of childhood — and the special moments between parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and the little ones they love — are often lost. In Childhood Wonders, Susan masterfully blends a vintage design and feel with a collection of activities, poems, nursery rhymes and art that underscores her philosophy on the best ways to encourage learn-through-play experiences and create special memories to last a lifetime.
Buy It: The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders is available at Amazon.com, FamilyStories.org, and other Nationwide retailers.
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