Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Creative Family - Book Review

I recently finished reading The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule, and all I can say is WOW! Not just another kids craft book, The Creative Family is more of a guide to help you tap into the creative genius in your family - children and adults alike.

Page after page you will find ideas that encourage discovery and exploration with a purpose. Amanda Soule activities and suggestions build character as well as family and community connections. This isn't a book of clutter creations as so many children's activity books. Rather The Creative Family aims to strengthen the child's spirit and the family unit through creative exploration. She stresses focusing on the process, exploring traditional and useful skills, and the role of family and relationships during creative adventures.

Not to be feared by the uncrafty or uncreative among us, The Creative Family will help you overcome the hurdles that are holding back your creative juices. Many of her suggestions revolve around play and exploration, most take only a handful of supplies, and all focus on the energy and happiness of just creating. She does a wonderful job of showing one how to adjust their perspective about creating with children from a chores with clean up to a privilege to be cherished.

I honestly can't say enough about this book. It has changed my life and the life of my children. Our home is a better and prettier place. We have already tried many of the suggested activities in the book and the children have loved every minute of it. We have a list going now of all the projects and ideas we want to try. It is a book EVERY family should own. Thank you Mrs. Soule.

You can find The Creative Family at Amazon, your local bookstore, or one SouleMama for an autographed copy. And be looking for Mrs. Soule's new book Handmade Home due out in August. You can bet I'll be one of the first to have it and a review will follow as well.

And not to be missed for those of us blog addicts is SouleMama. Mrs. Soule's AWESOME blog where she shares crafting, cooking, exploring and living a creative life. Check it out you wont be sorry you did.

Check back next month for my review of Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan.

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