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The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections [Paperback]

Amanda Blake Soule
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Book Description

1 April 2008
When you learn to awaken your family’s creativity, wonderful things will happen: you’ll make meaningful connections with your children in large and small ways; your children will more often engage in their own creative discoveries; and your family will embrace new ways to relax, play, and grow together. With just the simple tools around you—your imagination, basic art supplies, household objects, and natural materials—you can transform your family life, and have so much more fun!

Amanda Soule has charmed many with her tales of creativity and parenting on her blog, SouleMama. Here she shares ideas and projects with the same warm tone and down-to-earth voice. Perfect for all families, the wide range of projects presented here offers ideas for imaginative play, art and crafts, nature explorations, and family celebrations.

This book embraces a whole new way of living that will engage your children’s imagination, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter Books (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590304713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590304716
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 16.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book for projects or ideas 18 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book after searching through many online offerings and was very dissapointed.
If you're looking for a book full of tales about a wonderfully priviledged, free and easy life then this book is for you.
If however, like me you want a book with ideas, inspirations and projects then forget it, they just aren't there. The fact that it doesn't have an index of projects should have tipped me off but then I guess I'd have to buy it to find that out.
It contains real "gems" of wisdom such as "children really enjoy dressing up" "children love to have their artwork on display"...really?
In all a waste of money and so dissapointing that I don't even think I would pass it on to a friend. Charity shop here we come!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all parents of any age children 30 Mar 2008
This book is really inspiring. There are so many ideas of what to do to make you and your kids be so much more creative and shows you how to think about activities in a new light. It is really thought provoking just like Amanda's blog. This should be a must on every parents book list as it shows you that expensive battery driven toys, computer games and television aren't the only things to keep your kids amused there are other ways and along the way you may become more creative yourself.

A must read and a great gift to give other parents.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously inspirational 10 May 2008
Brings together all of the things which I love - family, crafting, homemaking, cooking, planting, thrifting etc etc. Never found someone who incorporates into their life all those aspects to which I aspire! Fabulously inspirational - and projects all shown with instructions. My 3 year old has already done some sewing and I've changed the layout in my family room to incorporate a space to get my sewing machine out permanently!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 21 April 2008
I honestly love this book. I have just about put it down since it has arrived and have been quoting it to everyone I come across! I've been inspired to look at the way my children play in a new way and to look at them for ideas for various projects I'm involved in! Excellent book much anticipated and it hasn't disappointed! Love it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great 27 Feb 2009
By mac
I bought the book on the strength of all the 5 star reviews here, and it is a nice book with a few good ideas. However, as already mentioned there's nothing very new that most parents won't already be doing with their kids. I found the tone tends to be a bit patronising, particularly as, as far as I know, the writer is no more qualified on the subject than any other parent. It would have been nice to have a few more pictures too.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I read and enjoy Amanda's blog and have been longing to read the book ever since I first read of it, but having read it - well, I am a little disappointed - feeling that none of it seemed very new or fresh and that the blog was much better value for money! I would not say we were a very creative family, and reading this book changed my mind. It seems we are!

I felt there was a really sweet tone to the writing - similar to that at the blog - and one gets the impression of a really happy, warm family. Amanda's book is very accessible, and very encouraging but didn't show me anything new, which I am a little sad about. A very big gap is any mention of crafting and creativity around the usual holidays - most parents are looking for inspiration for creating with their children at those times, so it seemed a shame to miss out on some ideas for those times.

If you or the person you plan to give the book to doesn't think to allow a child to display their art, doesn't encourage dressing up, doesn't enjoy playing with their child, doesn't help a child to stick clumsy stitches into a piece of felt, and so on, then this is a great book to get them started. But how many of us is that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!!! 30 Sep 2009
This was one of my first crafts book and i am very happy with it!
Lots od ideas to keep the family creative and together in small and fun projects!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it 30 April 2009
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simple basic stuff - nice to read & remind yourself where you are at & what you want to do with your family... Would recommend to anyone who have little ones to look after & want to instil creativity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A constant resource of inspiration
I am love with SouleMama and everything she (they) write! A must have for all parents that are actively involved in a natural and creative way to be with and withing the family.
Published 10 months ago by MA Balsama
5.0 out of 5 stars very insightful
Very nice book, with a lovely personal insight that can be helpful for every family that nurtures nature oriented family life...
Published 11 months ago by suncheko
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely
gorgeous book full of creative ideas, it draws you into the family and you want to be apart of it, great creative projects for everyone to enjoy
Published on 6 May 2012 by quirky boots
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read
I am so surprised that there are any negative reviews of this book. I would consider myself a fairly creative person, but this book not only gave me many, many crafting tips,... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Kendal Mosley-Chalk
1.0 out of 5 stars A gloating mothers outlet
This book is so terribly patronising and quite frankly just an outlet for the author to gloat about how amazing she thinks she is at motherhood! Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2010 by wuz
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully encouraging book
I'm really surprised by the mixed reviews of this book. I bought it about a year ago and having read it from cover to cover in the first week, have referred to it often... Read more
Published on 28 July 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Indulge yourself and engage your kids.
Many of us have great ideas on what kinds of activities we would like to be doing with our kids. This book is very well layed out. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by Kathleen O'sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I've Bought in 10 years
This book is a must.

This book is non-lecturing , honest and simple with the beautiful sound of a mother speaking to you with photo's scattered throughout. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2008 by Momma-Mama
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