Good Housekeeping The Ultimate Kids Christmas Book

Hearst Home. Oct. 2023. 192p. Tr $25. ISBN 9781958395998.
Gr 3-8–This festive holiday guide for kids is packed with a wide variety of Christmas-related facts, activities, crafts, and recipes. The book is divided into three main sections: Celebrate, Craft, and Bake. “Celebrate” features information about traditions around the world; the history of trees, ornaments, and Santa; an advent calendar of activities families can do together, and more. “Craft” includes a wide range of ornaments and decorations kids can make, such as button snowmen, 3D paper snowflakes, and a colorful wreath made from a box of 96 crayons. It also includes instructions on wrapping presents and tying bows. “Bake” features a variety of holiday cookies, cakes, cupcakes, gingerbread houses, and drinks. Although there are photos of each of the completed crafts and food items, they don’t all include step-by-step illustrations, so kids may find it difficult to follow some of the written instructions on their own. A few projects require fairly specialized craft supplies, such as birch circles and gold luster dust, as well as tools—hot glue guns, sewing supplies, and food processors—which may require adult assistance. A few simpler crafts and recipes, such as banana snowmen and thumbprint Christmas cards, will work better for younger kids. The book includes a comprehensive index. Some projects also provide a QR code that links to printable templates.
VERDICT As many of the recipes and crafts may require adult supervision and help, this is an eye-catching, fun, and informative book for families to enjoy together during the holidays.

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