A PUMPKIN IN A PEAR TREE: Creative Ideas for Twelve Months of Holiday Fun by Ann; Carolyn Haas; Elizabeth Heller & Betty Weinberger Cole

A PUMPKIN IN A PEAR TREE: Creative Ideas for Twelve Months of Holiday Fun

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Although this is addressed to children, the overall format and the low age level of the activities will direct it to the attention of parents and nursery school teachers. And as in I Saw A Purple Cow. . . (1972) the authors postulate a reader with a zero idea quotient but the ability to creatively execute sketchy, offhand instructions. Few need to be reminded that coloring eggs is an appropriate pastime for Easter or that a parade might be fun on the Fourth of July. Yet candlemaking is tossed off in one paragraph (not a word about safety) and every holiday program features recipes (Mulligan Stew, turkey stuffing, sweet decorated cookies and cakes) which are redundant if meant for adults but contain no suggestions for having children do the job. Purists may also object to the placing of the Chinese New Year at the beginning of January and to the appearance of Indian ""tepees"" in a model of Plymouth village. At best, it can be said that there are lots of suggestions here--a scattershot abundance most likely to appeal to those who, like the authors, perhaps haven't given the subject too much thought.

Pub Date: Nov. 20th, 1975
Page count: 120pp
Publisher: Little, Brown