So I've been spending the week at my parents', cozied up reading for hours a day in front of the gas "woodstove." It's been so relaxing, and Buchanan and Peskowitz's book has been perfect for flipping through these afternoons. It's brought back memories of friendship bracelets, daisy chains, and all the other childhood skills I had forgotten I knew how to do. How to make a cootie catcher, how to call up Bloody Mary, how to build a baking soda and vinegar volcano, and how to tell basic animal tracks. It also has all kinds of tidbits that I had never known, from a short biography of all the living princesses to card games to karate moves to all the basic first aid processes.
This is a perfect Christmas gift for that seven to eleven year old girl you might be shopping for. The library has it, but it's better suited for browsing, folding over pages and being able to check it for ideas when one is absolutely bored. Checking it out of the library once won't capture the experience the authors were going for.