Thursday, October 29, 2009

Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy - Babette Donaldson

Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy - Babette Donaldson
Genre: Childrens Books
Publisher: Blue Gate Books
Pages: 32
Reading Level: 4-8 yrs.
My Rating: 5/5

Summary: "Emma Lea and her father spend a day together while Mama is gone. Daddy has a list of chores but Emma Lea imagines something much more fun. "I'd rather have a tea party," she tell him. "Like you have with Theodosia Teddy Bear?" he asks. "Not a playtime tea. A real tea. Like Mama and me." Emma Lea creates a memorable afternoon for the two of them with the help of Grammie's recipes and Mama's crafts. She takes pride in being able to do most of it by herself. She teaches her father what's most important about tea parties. What do you think is the most important thing about teatime?"

My Review: This is a beautifully illustrated story of a little girl wanting to have a special tea party with her daddy while mommy is away. Emma goes about the tasks of setting the table, making the snacks, and dressing up while daddy finishes chores.

I really enjoyed this book with my little girl because I felt it introduced children to "helping out" and lets them know just because we have to do chores and make preparations, even for tea parties, that it doesn't mean we can't have fun while doing so and the biggest lesson to be learned from Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy is that spending time together is the most important gift of all!

Has a yummy cookie recipe in it!

Review Copy Received from Author