Book reviews by mother and child

Book reviews by Amanda Leitch-Lee and her 3-year-old son, Holden

Bedtime is one of those delightful times of day. It is a time for kisses, reading books and near independence from parenting duties. I am a gigantic devotee of reading to my 3-year-old son. It gives me that rare opportunity to embrace my toddler. Here are a few book reviews of both my son’s and my own perspective. Enjoy.

Manners Time by Elizabeth Verdick

Amanda: This little gem was given to Holden after we realized he would either have to learn manners or go live with the goats at Anderson & Girls Orchards in Stanton. The book reviews basic manners like saying “please” and “thank you.”

Manners Time also deals with the dicey topic of what to do if two children are playing and a toy breaks. It explains that the child should learn to say “I’m sorry” and for the other child to say “I forgive you. How about a hug?” See! It has lessons that both adults and children can learn.

Holden: I want to watch Barney. I don’t like this. I’m hungry. Are you done? Yay!

Verdict: Holden is pretty good with his manners. We have been reading it with him for about a year. So, this book must be working.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Make van Gogh’s Bed by Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo

Amanda: This book is part of Appel and Guglielmo’s “Touch the Art” series. It takes famous pieces of art and uses fabric, ribbons and textures to help encourage interaction between child, book and parent.

A few of the featured artists include Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet and Edgar Degas.
For example, the child can scratch the “sand” in Cassatt’s famous “Children on the Beach” painting of 1884. The child is also supposed to get an appreciation for fine art. Holden interacts with this book all the way through. He asks questions and I can see his brain working.

When you read this to your child, you feel like a real go-getter. “Yes, I often read my child books on famous artists.” It is enough to make the other parents at playgroup nauseated by your astonishing parenting skills.

Holden: It’s good. I like it. It makes me feel comfy and cozy.

Verdict: Holden never grows tired of this book. He notices something new in it each time. I also enjoy looking at all the famous paintings.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Amanda Leitch-Lee is a Greenville resident who enjoys Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies, Lake Michigan and mid-century modern furniture. Holden Lee enjoys: older blonde little girls at the playground, black cars and swimming in Grandma and Grandpa’s pool.

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