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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books (April 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590304713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590304716
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Embraces a new way of living that will engage your children’s imaginations, celebrate their achievements, and help you to express love and gratitude for each other as a family.”—Living Crafts Magazine


“Give your family an injection of creativity with this inspirational book.”—Kindred Magazine

The Creative Family will make life with your children rich, full, imaginative, and fun beyond measure. This book is a recipe for joyful parenting and a joyful life. It's a gift for both your children and yourself. I loved it!”—Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education and author of Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times

“Amanda Soule has created a wonderful guide that nourishes the wellspring of creativity already inherent in the family dynamic. She encourages discovery, ingenuity, sharing, and celebration in a way that helps each family member grow, while simultaneously bringing the whole family closer together. A truly meaningful book for and about that which we hold dearest.”—Jeffrey Yamaguchi, author of 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everday Creativity

About the Author

Amanda Blake Soule is the creator of the popular blog www.SouleMama.com. Amanda spends her days with her four young children—making things, thrifting, exploring and being inspired by their coastal Maine surroundings. Learn more about her and find her blog at www.amandasoule.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Gave on March 29 2008
Format: Paperback
Yes there are suggestions for games to play, things to make, patterns, and lots of practical advise on creating an atmosphere where kids feel free to explore. Its also about how to create an atmosphere where children feel that you value their creative explorations and your own. BUT what I like best is the way Amanda invites you to look at the world fresh and new, the way your children do, to learn from your children's wonder.

There are lovely quotes on creativity sprinkled throughout by people like Plato, Rachel Carson, Einstein and the book is full of Amanda's beautiful family photos.

I already know, from reading her blog (Soule Mama), that Amanda and I share the same feelings about open ended natural toys and the value of unschooling. What she's accomplished with this book is to share how the philosophy works in real life without ever coming across as preachy or rigidly adhering to a single philosophy, or coming across as perfect. I can see this book inspiring all sorts of people in all sorts of families.

I've been involved with Waldorf inspired home education for a very long time so I was familiar with most of the craft projects she suggested. I'm totally enamoured with embroidering my children's art now, an idea that was new to me. The other thing that was new to me was the idea of craftivism - service projects that touch the local and global community through the act of making homemade necessary objects - like knitting hats and mittens for those in need. I have all sorts of ideas for projects now.

Some people might be wondering if they'll get anything new from this book that they can't get by simply reading Amanda's blog.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emmalina on Dec 14 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic for anyone who really wants to think about the way their family operates. Full of inspirational, practical advice and ideas it is a simple view on something we all overcomplicate. Amanda Soule speaks with conviction about the importance of creativity but not the grand kind. Her creativity is centred around the kitchen table and the children in her family. I found her ideas inspirational and have already created a few of the projects mentioned. I am also putting together some kits for my son for christmas that will help us learn new skills side by side.

I love the core message of this book which is that creativity is innate in children and it is simply a matter of providing them with the means. She also looks at the inspiration level of the adults and talks about working side by side with our children, modeling our own creativity and satisfaction. This book is one I have referred to many times and purchased for others. I would say it is a must have for any family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Black on March 3 2009
Format: Paperback
I did love the ideas in the book but I suppose I expected that there would be more projects than there were. There is still enough to satisfy but I think it would have been better with more ideas and projects.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy VG TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 17 2008
Format: Paperback
I just loved this book. I found the author Amanda Blake Soule to be very down to earth, yet firm in her convections. I really like her writing style, perhaps it's because I also firmly believe in what she's trying to convey, how being creative with your children helps nurture family connections, which is something sorely lacking in our society today. It is JAM PACKED with amazing, yet simple, creative projects to do with your little one(s). It's totally inspirational! Out of all the crafty books I've read recently, this is by far the best, I like almost all of the completely doable projects, and plan to try all of them over this year. Highly recommend!
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