Book Review - Show Me How!

~ Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM ~

I am very excited to be sharing this book with you guys! I mean, how often do you come across a book that helps you build your child's self-esteem through activities like reading, crafts and cooking? I particularly like that this book is recommended for the age 2 to 5 range and I immediately poured over the book looking for activities I can do with my 3.5 years old boy! Anyway, read on for my review below:

Title: Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (Positive Parental Participation)
Author: Vivian Kirkfield

Publisher: MoneyPenny Press, Ltd.; 1ST edition (2010)
ISBN-13/-10:  978-0967014753 / 0967014751
Paperback:  256 pages
Dimension: 9.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches

Description from the product page:
"A must-have resource for busy parents and teachers, Show Me How! pinpoints 100 picture books every young child should hear and provides a story summary, gentle parenting tip, easy eco-friendly craft project and simple child-friendly healthful recipe for each recommended title. The fun-filled educational activities help parents gain confidence in their own parenting skills while building self-esteem, developing pre-literacy skills and strengthening the parent-child connection. Lined spaces on every other page allow parents to utilize this guide as a memory book to record their children's highlights. Library Journal loved the tri-level format of reading, crafting and cooking and so will every parent and teacher who uses this award-winning book. "

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This book comes packed with stories you can use or refer to with your child and there are points and notes given on how the stories can be used to nurture your child's self-esteem, moral values and build up their confidence. On the opposite side of the page there are accompanying crafts and recipes you can try out with your child as well.

The following day after I started reading this book, I came across a recipe for German butter cookies shared by a fellow SAHM friend in a SAHM Facebook group I joined in and decided to try this out with my boy. I got him to help me out with the mixing sugar and butter part and then gently coached him to make soft indent on the cookie dough so that there are stripes on each cookies surface. He was so excited to be able to take part in the cookie making session!

Ever since we did the German butter cookie session, I have been looking for more child-friendly recipes that I can try out with my boy so that I can get him to help (boost his confidence as well that he is big boy enough to help mummy out in the kitchen!) so I'm very happy to share that there are tons of child-friendly recipes that you can try in this book!

I do however would like to recommend that future revision or updates on this book to include pictures or illustrations of the end results of the crafts and recipes so that we can have a better idea on how they look like.

Overall, this is a wonderful book packed with stories, crafts and recipes that will definitely help you and your child as you journey along in building their confidence, self-esteem and at the same time guiding us as the parents on how to nurture our child to be an independent individual.

Highly recommended, do get a copy of this book for yourself too!!

You can get this book from Amazon.

Yes! I'll be giving away 2 copies of this book on my blog!

Now, 1 copy which I have been given along with my review copy will go to a lucky winner in Peninsular Malaysia while another copy which the author will send personally will go to a lucky US winner!

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Comments (41) -


Question 1: Where are you from? Malaysia or US?

Question 2: What’s your favorite activity that you like to do with your child?
My child love the kitchen, therefore we always end up in the kitchen baking or cooking.. she is now into the stage that she helped to pour flour and observe butter creaming..


That is a great resource for kids activity! My son enjoys his cooking class at his school and whenever we make cookies at home he will jump in right away to help cutting the dough Smile

prince n princess mum

Question 1: Malaysia
Question 2: I love doing art and craft with my kids, using recycling stuffs..


I'm from Malaysia, I love eating with my gal, exploring varieties of food!


Question 1: Where are you from? Malaysia or US?

Question 2: What’s your favorite activity that you like to do with your child? My girl loves to play masak-masak and so I would love to get her more engaged in the kitchen. Baking seems to be the perfect activity that we can both enjoy!

Miki Chua

Question 1: Where are you from? Malaysia or US? - Malaysia
Question 2: What’s your favorite activity that you like to do with your child? - wash the car porch and car. i don't dare to let him touch the kitchen yet even tho he always show interest

Ng Pei Fung

Question 1: Where are you from? Malaysia or US? Malaysia
Question 2: What’s your favorite activity that you like to do with your child? Art and craft


I'm from USA and I love taking nature walks with my son.

Karen Gonyea

I'm from the US and we love to camp with our kids Smile

Aimee C.

I am from the US and love to do anything with my kids but we have a lot of fun going ghost hunting and studying the paranormal!




I'm from the US.  We love to cook, read and dance together!

Denise Taylor-Dennis

I am from the US we like to read books and I am just starting to try board games with him.

Saver Sara

1. US
2. Reading together

valerie taylor mabrey

valerie taylor mabrey says:

love to cook with them
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1 U.S
2 baking cookies

danielle lima

I am from The United States and my daughter and I do crafts together


I'm a  brand new parent and all resources are good resources..looking forward to seeing what this book offers to me and my family


My favorite thing to do is camp with my daughter.

Stephanie Larison

Stephanie Larison says:

I'm from the USA.
My favorite activity to do with my daughter is baking.


I am from the US and our favorite activity is finger painting!

kelly nicholson

kelly nicholson says:

Question 1: Where are you from? Malaysia or US?
Question 2: What’s your favorite activity that you like to do with your child?


no child


Question 1: Malaysia
Question 2: Our favorite activity is coloring

Jenny D

1. US
2. Love coloring with my kids

Shari Klyn

I am from the USA.  I love to bake with my daughter.


Those Butter Cookies look scrumptious!!! ;) this looks like a great book


1. US
2. we love to cook, play sports and ride bicycles together!

Belinda Shaw

1. US
2. We love to color pictures for the refrigerator.

Jessica B

I am from the US.  We love to do arts and crafts as a family.

susan smoaks

i am from the US and i love to bake with my children!

coriander warren

coriander warren says:

I'm from the US  

My daughter and I love to scrapbook together

Caitlin McClure

I'm from the US and I like to watch movies with my baby Smile

Jane H

I'm from the US and we love to do jigsaw puzzles with our kids and play board games. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Ed Nemmers

US; reading!

cassandra mccann


cassandra mccann

i love to pray with the kids

Candie L

I am from the US and I like to cook with the kids.  Thank you

Joey Mah

1. Malaysia
2. reading and baking


Question 1: Where are you from? Malaysia or US?

Question 2: What’s your favorite activity that you like to do with your child?
Any activities that gives me a chance to spend some quality time with my kids.  We love cooking, reading, crafting, sports, outdoor activities and all activities that we can do TOGETHER Smile


I am from us.  And baking is the best....make yummy food and learn at the same time.  Time to pass down family reciepes

Jenny @ I'm a full-time mummy

Winners selected and emailed! Reply me in 48 hrs else I will choose new winner! Congrats and thanks to the rest for participating!

Entry #110Miki C.
Entry #419Denise T.

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