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. Volume IX Number 10. . . . January, 2003
"Yes. I know. It's not easy. When you're talking to someone in person let's say it's Aunt Liz you can say, "Thanks for the CD. That's my favorite group!"
Aunt Liz will immediately say, "You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it." And then she'll ask you about school, or you can ask her how your cousin Jeff is, and you're on to talking about other things.
It seems much easier, doesn't it?"
Thanks Aunt Zelda! is a combination craft, etiquette and writing book about the creation of personal thank-you cards. The first few chapters explain why we need to send "thank-yous" and express the negative attitude that no one really likes sending these cards. Why then did the author write this book? These chapters are filled with tedious imaginary conversations and little concrete information.
The next chapters detail how to make a variety of cards, including a collage card, a jigsaw note, a potato stamp card, etc. The nice thing about the cards is that they do not require expensive supplies, but they are not particularly appealing activities. The instructions are text heavy, and a card-making book like How to Make Pop-Ups by Joan Irvine is much better in visually explaining step-by-step how to make cards. The ideas in MacGregor's book are mainly of a "cut and paste" level of activity, and children who are writing cards are at a higher motor skill level than this.
Lorraine Douglas is Head of Youth Services at the Winnipeg Public Library in Winnipeg, MB.
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