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Homemade Gifts Vintage Style
Written by Kirsty Wann   
Monday, 05 December 2011 15:10


Author: Sarah Moore
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

This beautifully photographed book is lovely to look at, even if you’re not crafty. There is guaranteed inspiration between the pages, so don’t be surprised to find yourself rummaging around in cupboards for unused items that can be given new life.
Ideas vary in complexity from those made by hand to projects requiring basic sewing skills or a sewing machine. The instructions are easy to understand, with clear photographs and templates provided.
A few in particular caught my eye: tea-cup candles, Christmas decorations and gorgeous lavender-scented bunnies for children. A gift created with heart and love doesn’t have to cost the earth, and this book is packed with ideas to help make your best intentions a reality.

Newcastle’s Child has one copy of Homemade Gifts Vintage Style to give away. Click here to enter.


Ivy Loves to Give
Written by Jodie McEwen   
Monday, 05 December 2011 14:51
Ivy Loves to Give


Author: Freya Blackwood
Publisher: Hardie Grant Publishing

This stunningly simple book celebrates the gift of generosity. Young children can sometimes give in such a sacrificial way that it brings tears to their parents’ eyes.  And at other times, not so much. Young Ivy loves giving to her family, but whether or not her gifts are appreciated is another matter entirely. With her immediately identifiable, heart-warming illustrations, Freya Blackwood manages to capture the essence of a real family. With Mum feeding the baby on the lounge, to the breakfast dishes left on the table, the world she creates between the pages is one that a child can easily identify with.
Through the text, Blackwood has also captured a child’s natural desire to keep the good things and not want to share them. This is when the cycle of giving and receiving swings around, and it’s Ivy’s turn to enjoy some generosity of spirit. The board book design makes it easy to introduce this gentle, philanthropic tale to the very youngest readers.

Newcastle’s Child has five copies of Ivy Loves To Give to give away. Click here to enter.


Two Birthday Cakes Book
Written by Charissa Ferguson   
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 16:45
Two Birthday Cakes


Author: Danielle Jaku-Greenfield
Publisher: Sydney Mediation Partnership

Two Birthday Cakes is the brainchild of Sydney-based family law expert Danielle Jaku-Greenfield, who came up with the concept after finding it difficult to source books about separation and divorce for children. This book could be used by any aged child but is most suited to primary school aged children. The book covers a variety of possible scenarios and emotions that children going through a family separation may experience and deals with complex issues in a straightforward yet sensitive way. It also doubles as a colouring in book with beautiful line illustrations by Lindi Greenfield.

Newcastle’s Child has two copies of Two Birthday Cakes to give away. Click here to enter.


Little Kitchen
Written by Emily Crisp   
Tuesday, 04 October 2011 15:25
Little Kitchen
Children's cookery experts The Little Kitchen present their latest installment of kid-friendly cook books. Around the World is a culinary journey through the tastes and flavours of the world. Read our review here.
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