What parents need to know
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!
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.
Families can talk 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.