December 22, 2010

Crayon Apron & Book Review: ABC Animal Jamboree

I'm still an inexperienced enough seamstress to want to show off my creations with a "Look what I just made! Yes, me! I did it!" You seamstress-extraordinaire-types will no doubt notice the uneven stitching and loose threads, but I'm quite pleased with the result and hope A will be too. We give three presents to each child on Christmas morning (something you want, something you need, and something to share), and this fulfills A's "something you want." She's currently obsessed with crayons so I think she'll love this and hopefully won't use it to go on a graffiti spree in the house.

If you'd like to try to make a last-minute one for your kiddo (or just want to bookmark it for a later date), you can find Samantha @ Bobaloo Kids' tutorial here.

ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae

ABC Animal JamboreeHere's a fun picture book that would make a wonderful gift for your little bibliophile. Large, hardback, and with brightly colored illustrations, the book is a collection of poems about animals starting with Angelfish and ending with Zebra. The rhymes are cute and clever: "It's great to be a monkey,/ Swinging through the trees,/ And if we can't find nuts to eat/ We munch each other's fleas!" The illustrations are just as fun and sure to captivate little ones.

The book isn't necessarily meant to be read cover to cover, but rather read selectively, as your child's attention span allows. In the top corner of each page is an upper and lower case letter. A isn't interested in hearing the poems, but she loves to have me read her the names of each letter and look at the corresponding pictures. On the other hand, E can read the poems to herself. This is why I love good picture books - they're enjoyed by all ages!

Disclaimer: ABC Animal Jamboree was provided to me courtesy of Tiger Tails Books free of charge in exchange for a review. This does not in any way influence my review.


  1. I LOVE that fabric!! Great job!

  2. I can't sew at all, so I am very impressed! Someday!

    I like the way you do gifts. That is a nice idea.

  3. Your apron looks GREAT! And I love your 3 present rule!!!!! I am SO stealing that next year!!!!

  4. You did a great job! Now I'm curious though...if it's a present, who is your cute little model? Someone else told us about the three present idea...they described it as something needful, something joyful (fun), and something meaningful. I like the idea of the last one being something to share though. As soon as I heard it, I knew we'd do that for next year. We already had stuff kind of planned out for this year and it involved a more little presents that than, but we're totally going to three presents next year.

  5. You did a great job! So cute.

  6. So cute! and I love your idea for (3) Christmas gifts :) - I just tried my hand at sewing & it is not for the faint of heart - hehe!

    So happy to have stumbled upon your blog & look forward to more kiddie book updates :)

    Fellow book-loving mama, Lindsey


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