Monday, April 7, 2008

Review: Child Of Wonder

Believe it or not, summer vacation is just around the corner. In a matter of weeks, the school doors will close, and the kids will home all day long. Does the thought of hearing "I'm bored" fifty times a day fill you with dread? If so, you need to pick up a copy of Child of Wonder!

Child of Wonder: Nurturing Creative and Naturally Curious Children (Common Ground, 2008), by Ginger Carlson, is a must-have book for any parent's library. Filled with hundreds of activities that encourage a child's natural propensity to "think outside the box," Child of Wonder offers something for every age and learning style. Whether you're looking for some quiet indoor fun or ideas for a rowdy romp outside, you will find it here.

Child of Wonder is more than just a list of activities, however. In the book, Carlson also offers a comprehensive way of thinking about and fostering your child's creativity. Children need room and space. They need tools to work with, but don't need to be overwhelmed by stuff. They need a chance to make mistakes and become more independent. Perhaps, most of all, the need parents who are open to creativity, too.

Child of Wonder: Nurturing Creative and Naturally Curious Children is fabulous. Carlson has written a book that is both useful and inspiring. Highly recommended.

10 comments:

Kristin H. said...

I meet at a bookstore for coffee every Monday night. I am buying/ordering the book this very evening. My daughter is in a year-round school. So, I'm the lucky recipient of "I'm bored" 4 times a year. Thanks for the positive review.

MomOf3 said...

This sounds great! I am off to check it out!

storyteller said...

Wow … sounds like a wonderful find … and definitely one to add to my ‘give to my niece, Deanna’ list. She’s got 4 little ones … all under the age of 6, but is a great mom! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

Ginger Carlson, author said...

Thank you so much for the Wonder-full review, Kelli. I always love to hear from readers and I am glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I'll be popping around the country for a few workshops and signings, so please feel free to stop on over if anyone is in the area.
You can see more of my schedule here: http://gingercarlson.com/Tour.html

EatPlayLove said...

hmmm..I don't buy books, but I'll definitely have this on my library list..Hopefully my library will get on it!

Domestic Accident said...

I'm seriously going to have to go to some bookaholic meeting soon. Can't. Stop. Reading.

I'll totally be picking this up.

Sharon said...

Fantastic, thanks I am going to go and look for it this weekend.

zhadi said...

I don't have children, but after seeing so many kids plopped in front of a TV set or video game, this book sounds fantastic! I had a very active and imaginative childhood and anything to bring that back to kids seems like a wonderful thing!

Kathy H, said...

I'm going to ask my local library to order this book. I think it is definitely one they should have available for parents of young children,. It sounds delightful & educational.

Mama Zen said...

I think that you guys will love this book. I know that I did!