________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 3 . . . . September 30, 2005


38 Ways to Entertain Your Parents on Summer Vacation.

Dette Hunter. Illustrated by Kitty Macaulay.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 2005.
48 pp., pbk. & cl., $11.95 (pbk.), $19.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55037-886-4 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-887-2 (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Amusements-Juvenile literature.
Handicraft-Juvenile literature.
Cookery-Juvenile literature.
Parent and child-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 4 / Ages 4-9.

Review by Ming Wong.

***½ /4


Can-do Ice Cream

You'll need:2 clean metal cans with lids. Make sure one can fits in the other with space around it. (Different-sized coffee cans are perfect.)1 cup (250 ml.) half-and-half cream½ cup (125 ml) white sugar1 tsp. (5 ml.) vanilla2 tbsp. (30 ml.) salt,ice cubes.

In the smaller can mix the cream, sugar, and vanilla. Seal the lid tightly. Place it in the larger can. Add enough ice around the can until it is covered. Sprinkle the salt. Seal the lid on tightly. Sit on the floor and roll the can back and forth non-stop for 15 minutes.



Parents know how hard it is to entertain their children during the summer and are faced with the question of what to do with all that time. Or more like, what do parents do to entertain their children that are so bored and don't know what to do? In this case, it is the children who take immediate action that helps their parents not get bored and makes a day by the lake a more positive experience. As stated in the title and introduction, 38 Ways to Entertain Your Parents on Summer Vacation is a story that begins with Lily, as narrator, telling readers about her summer vacation by the lake from the time her family wakes up in the morning until it's time to go to bed. The story starts with the family’s creating unique breakfast dishes with names like tic-tac-toast, peachy pizza, and summer kabobs. On a rainy day, the family members make their own board games out of paper and coins or pretend to have their own television broadcast featuring a duck and a kitten as the news team for the good morning show.

     Other fun and entertaining activities are going on a day hike in the woods, learning about animals' tracks and droppings, using newspapers to make a sun hat, butterfly, snack bowl, and a sword, and even making ice cream.

Lily's dad comes up with a great interactive activity for the lunch contest by involving all family members in spending an afternoon churning their own ice cream and chanting "You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!" The family also made "solar sipping tea" with the help of Mother Nature.

     Another inspiring activity involves an avocado mixture. No need to go to the city to get a spa. Lily's mom was able to have a relaxing time sitting by the lake, restoring her face, relieving tensions with squishy stress balls made of balloons and sand, sporting a new sun hat, and enjoying a cup of sun ice tea.

     Throughout the book, each activity is accompanied by simple step-by-step and easy to follow instructions. 38 Ways to Entertain Your Parents on Summer Vacation is a book of crafts, recipes, games, and activities that will ensure an interactive experience for children and adults. The book is colorfully illustrated and the very creative drawings encourage young readers to participate in these summer activities.

     Dette Hunter is the best-selling author of several craft books for children, including 38 Ways to Entertain your Grandparents and 38 Ways to Entertain Your Babysitter. Kitty Macaulay is the critically acclaimed illustrator of I Feel Orange Today and The Racing Worm Brothers.

     38 Ways to Entertain Your Parents on Summer Vacation is an excellent guide for children and parents. The book would be great addition to public and school libraries as well as day care centers.

Highly Recommended.

A transplanted Canadian, Ming Wong is a resource center manager for a nonprofit organization in D.C.

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