Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Review: The classic treasury of childhood wonders

I recently discovered this delightful treasury as I was browsing the shelves for another book.  I love finding books by serendipity. Compiled by Susan H. Magsamen and published by National Geographic, the Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders: favorite adventures, stories, poems, and songs for making lasting memories, is beautifully designed from cover-to-cover. No exaggeration!
Even the table of contents is eyecatching and inviting. The treasury is divided into five broad subject headings that speak to a child's heart: outdoor exploring; dream it, make it; magic and make-believe; yummy in my tummy; and bathtime, bedtime, dreamtime. (Well, that last topic might speak more to a parent's heart at the end of a busy day.) You can begin at the beginning, or open this book anywhere and read poems or nursery rhymes, feast on the beautiful art by artists and illustrators, and guide your child through more than 30 activities which help develop skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and more. Perhaps you have a little one who loves superheros. Perfect! Open to the chapter on magic and make-believe, skip over to page 80 and read the poem If  by Rudyard Kipling. Then turn the page and discover what it means to be a superhero and follow up with the activity on how to be superhero. Each poem or story is followed by an activity with clear, concise, step-by-step directions, what you'll need, and what skills will be enhanced by doing the activities. In addition to the table of contents, there is a very usable index, a resource guide, and an interesting bio about the author. The more I look at this treasury, the more I discover, and the more I like it. I'm pretty sure you will too.

I leave you with the words that Ms. Magsamen wrote in her introduction, "So, come and sit down. Find a comfy chair, a soft blanket and a willing, eager child.  See the world through the child's eyes. Kiss and hug your little ones and tell them every day how much they are loved."

Miss Julie

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