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Easter Treats Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family

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Book Name: Easter Treats Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family

Author: Jill O’Connor

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 0-8118-2384-9

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 96

Illustrations: Color photos

Experience Required: Ages 8+

Book Review

I like the book Easter Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family is an all-encompassing book about the preparations (including simple table decorations) for the Easter holiday celebration. The author opens with a brief history of Easter followed by suggestions for modern day celebrations and a brief overview of some of the ideas included in the book. There are also brief sections on how to use this book and cooking and crafting with kids in an age appropriate way. She is concerned with safe practices when children are helping out in the kitchen while still making things fun.

I like that the author doesn’t just jump into the crafts, she starts off by explaining the methods of successfully preparing the eggs (hard boiling, blowing out the eggs and dyeing them) necessary for the different projects in the book. I also like that throughout the book there are little explanations preceding craft instructions concerning Easter, variations on the craft or recipe or just general comments. It makes the book more personal than just the instructions to a project or recipe.

I didn’t like that not all of the craft projects are accompanied by photos (i.e. secret message Easter eggs and bunny ears). For the secret message Easter eggs this is ok, the bunny ears would have been easier with a pattern but as is they aren’t impossible to make. Patterns, step-by-step instructions or illustrations are included with some of the projects to make the crafting process easier.

To round out your Easter celebration there are recipes for appetizers, salads, main course, dessert and drinks to make up your holiday feast. The photos of the food items are mouth watering and if your head isn’t convinced you can fix them your stomach will change your mind, they are that enticing. Particularly tempting are the baked ham, the mimosas, the Easter bonnet shortbread cookies and the Easter bunny cake (which uses white chocolate curls for the bunny fur instead of coconut which not everyone likes, including myself).


  • Starry Sky Eggs
  • Easter Votives
  • Little Violet Vases
  • Peter Cottontail Finger Puppets
  • Fuzzy Chicks
  • Easter Collage Box

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