By Darienne Stewart,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Charming celebration of homemade gifts from the heart.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Chloe’s projects probably will inspire young crafters to get out the glue and glitter. A related website features how-tos for some of the crafts.
The perfect gift doesn't always come from a store. This book celebrates DIY spirit, reinforcing that homemade gifts can be the very best kind.
Positive Role Models
Chloe is resourceful and crafty, but understandably insecure. Her instincts are right, however, and she’s clearly a very thoughtful friend. Likewise, Emma appreciates her efforts.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crafty Chloe is a welcome antidote to materialistic obsession from the author of Grace for President and Zombie in Love. Be prepared to get out the craft glue and scissors after reading this!
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What's the Story?
Chloe spots the perfect gift for her best friend's birthday -- but another girl named London beats her to it, so Chloe decides to make a present instead. Chloe is good at crafting, but she worries her homemade present won't be nice enough for Emma.
Is It Any Good?
Chloe is a resourceful heroine, and her creative drive is inspiring. Kids probably will relate to her insecurity as she prepares for Emma's party, even if the idea that someone might look down on a homemade gift is a new concept for them. London, with her superior, hip attitude, unfortunately will be all too familiar to girls in early elementary school.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what makes a good gift. What kinds of presents can you give that can’t be purchased in a toy store? Families also can talk about the importance of thoughtful gift-giving.
Families can share craft time together, inspired by the book. A related website shows how to make some of the projects Chloe works on.
- Author: Kelly DiPucchio
- Illustrator: Heather Ross
- Genre: Picture Book
- Topics: Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Atheneum
- Publication date: February 21, 2012
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 8
- Number of pages: 40
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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