Light and Joy
Say is one of my personal favorite author-illustrators - his work is the epitome of beauty in children's books. It's an unusual holiday story of disobedience and forgiveness, the melding of two cultures and of parents' love for their child, but it is perfect for the adventurer who wants to explore the idea of beauty on many levels. This books sinks deep into your heart with a steadfast light and calming joy.
If you read only one holiday picture book with your children, I hope you choose Tree of Cranes.
Nonna's Recipe for Cultivating Wonder
Ideas for Making It Real
Learn to create a origami crane - even little ones can accomplish it with hands-on help from Mom or Dad. Start of with eHow Arts and Crafts' YouTube video Origami for Children for a simply bunny. Graduate to Crafting Hours Youtube video Kids Origami Paper Crane Craft Tutorial. Add some thread to hang these ornaments on your tree - their beauty comes from your child's hands.
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