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. Volume IX Number 3. . . . October 4, 2002
This book gives plans for 18 theme parties for children. They are divided into two sections parties for ages 4 and up and parties for 7 to 10 year olds. The tone of the presentation is very conversational with cartoon style illustrations on every page. For busy parents, the text is sometimes quite "chatty," and they will have to read quite a bit to get to the main ideas. The party ideas are quite appealing though and include A Garden Tea Party, a Magic Theme and a Beach Party for younger children. These sections contain ideas on invitations, dressing up, photo ops, decorations and food. For older children, themes include a Movie Madness Party where children make a movie, a Carnival Party and a Fashion Show. Some of the ideas suggested are not easy to do with the age group of children suggested. For example, having four-year-olds making the food for the tea party might be difficult for some children at that age.
This new addition to the party book collections would be useful for its theme ideas, but there are a number of better party books including The Penny Whistle Birthday Party Book by Meredith Brokaw (Simon and Schuster, 1992) and Polly Wilson's The Australian Women's Weekly Children's Fancy Dress and Parties (Australian Consolidated Press, 1988).
Recommended with reservations.
Lorraine Douglas is the Head of Children's Services with the Winnipeg Public Library.
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