I asked my daughter to write a review of a new book because it was write up her alley. These are her words...
To Moms and Teens:
Do you have a child (or are you one yourself) who loves art and language, but needs some ideas to start using their/your gifts? If you are, then Journal Sparks by Emily K. Neuburger may be the book you need! It combines art and writing in its ideas for journaling, fosters creativity, and inspires out of the box thinking.
Exercises include--word jars, collages, color descriptions, topic challenges, comics, observations recordings, multi-person entries, and much more! Also, it comes wiht artsy papers and unique stickers.
But...there are some things you should know before you used this book. First, in my opinion, no one below fifth grade should use this book. Some fonts/font sizes would be difficult for young ages to read, and my recommended age range would be middle-high schoolers to adults. In addition, this is not a workbook. This si a supplement and instruction manual--a DIY guide. It gives you ideas to begin with, but from there it is up to you. Elementary students might struggle with it, being used to workbook formats.
Secondly, some moms may not be comfortable with a few things in the book if they have younger kids. It contains mandalas, and a potion making idea. My impression is that the mandalas are intended to be pretty patterned circles, and their idea of potions is very mild, being closer to olden medieval times when potions were more herbal remedies than witchy brews.
However, if you or your child feel that the above descriptions this book would be enjoyable and useful, then by all means give it a try and I wish you fun journaling! As for myself, I love this book and cannot wait to try some of its ideas next year. My om gave it to me because it is perfectly suited to my interests: I love art, writing, and am very creative. The ideas portrayed in this book inspire me, and I like them much better than my usual writing prompts, which never allow me to draw or list new words. If you choose to buy this book, I sincerely hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have!
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book from Storey Books for review, but these opinions were my daughter's own opinions.