Crafty Chloe wants to find the perfect store bought gift for her best friend Emma. When another girl buys the present that Emma really wanted, Chloe is left feeling hopeless and wonders if a homemade gift can make a perfect present.
Chloe’s passion for making things inspires her to create a special birthday gift for her best friend.
This story promotes resourcefulness, creativity and following one’s passion.
TITLE: Crafty Chloe
AUTHOR: Kelly DiPucchio
ILLUSTRATOR: Heather Ross
PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012
AGE GROUP: 4-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: resourcefulness, creativity, following one’s passion
1) Collect some nature items and some things you have lying around the house. Don’t go out and buy anything. Using these materials, create a handmade gift for someone or a pet.
2) Which would you prefer to receive – a store bought gift or a handmade gift? Why? What makes a handmade gift special? What makes a store bought gift special?
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