Category: Reading Kits

A James and the Giant Peach Reading Kit

Posted April 18, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 1 Comment

 

Great view of the New York City (NYC) skyline with a few high buildings and sun in the background.

 

Time for another reading kit! It’s been a while since I’ve done a children’s book, so I had a good bit of fun throwing this kit together. I’ll admit, it was tempting to make everything peach-themed, but I’m proud to say I branched out and managed to include a lot of other iconic things from the book as well. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

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You Can’t Take the Sky from Me: A Firefly Marathon Kit

Posted March 21, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 2 Comments

 

astronomy, constellation, cosmos

 

We’re back with another kit, and boy am I excited about this one! As you may have guessed by the fact that I’m doing an entire recipe menu based around the show Firefly, I’m a pretty big fan of the Firefly/Serenity universe. The Mister and I may or may not have the theme song among our repertoire of lullabies for our baby. #BabyBrowncoat ^.^

So when I started putting this kit together, it was hard not to go overboard. I mean, c’mon, ThinkGeek has a WHOLE SECTION OF THEIR SITE devoted to Firefly paraphernalia. Still, I managed to restrain myself and only selected the Internet’s best Firefly goodies.

Fly on, fellow Browncoats!

 

 

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Reading on the Prairie: A Little House Reading Kit

Posted January 3, 2017 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 3 Comments

cabin, field, forest

 

Howdy, folks! Our new Book of the Month (or rather, book series of the month) is the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I’ll start posting recipes based on the books on Thursday, but today we’re starting the month off with a Little House reading kit!

I always have fun planning reading kits, but I had a particularly good time making this one. I LOVED playing pioneers as a kid, so when I decided to make a Little House kit, it totally sent me back to my childhood. I kept thinking of things I would’ve loved to have while reading the books as a kid!

Of course, that now gives me the unique problem of reeeeeeeally wanting to buy all this stuff for myself. But is that even really a problem? I mean, I can just tell everyone I’m being cultured, and they’ll accept that as a TOTALLY legit answer, right? Please say yes…

 

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Winter Wonderland: A Nutcracker Christmas Kit

Posted December 13, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 2 Comments

 

Two Cupcakes with Winter Decor

 

Normally I make a reading kit for my menu of the month, but since The Nutcracker is a play without any dialogue, there isn’t much to read. Still, I thought The Nutcracker would be a great theme for a series of Christmas gifts, so I present you with the Nutcracker Christmas Kit: a set of small Christmas presents themed around the famous play, perfect for giving to a friend…or saving as a gift for yourself! šŸ˜‰

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Some Midnight Reading: An Edgar Allan Poe Reading Kit

Posted October 11, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 0 Comments

 

Free stock photo of sky, night, moon, spooky

 

Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry is oh-so-perfect for a late night reading binge, but of course you’ll need the proper equipment to get you through: a cozy cup of tea, some Poe-inspired fashion, a candle to read by, and of course a big book of Poe-try! The reading kit below has everything you need for a night of perfectly spooky reading—no matter how far into the crypt your adventures might take you. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

 

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A Sherlock Holmes Reading Kit

Posted September 20, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 4 Comments

big ben, bridge, clock tower

Is it just me, or was Sherlock Holmes DESIGNED to have a reading kit? Putting this thing together was a breeze, you guys. I’ve made easy kits before, but seriously—I chose all the items for this one in under 20 minutes. It practically made itself! Maybe it’s the iconic imagery (pipes! deerstalkers! magnifying glasses!), or maybe it’s just the fact that there are so many Sherlock fans out there making awesome stuff. Either way, I’ve pretty much decided that this is already in my top 5 favorite reading kits. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

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A Studio Ghibli Marathon Kit

Posted August 16, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 5 Comments

 

 

Oh, Studio Ghibli. Not only are your stories amazing, but your characters are such a perfect combo of magic and true human spirit that they’ve become synonymous with childhood itself for many of us.

Making a marathon kit for Studio Ghibli movies was simultaneously one of the most difficult and most rewarding kits I’ve ever made. On the one hand, there are SO MANY options for what to include that it was downright intimidating. But all the Ghibli movies are so awesome, how can you possibly go wrong? šŸ™‚

In the end, this kit turned out a little bit longer than some of my others, but I’m satisfied that I managed to include the very best. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

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A Reading Kit Fit for a Princess

Posted July 5, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 4 Comments

 

 

There’s a lot of beauty to be found in the book A Little Princess. So many of the sentences are elegantly crafted with lush descriptions. I found myself reading several of them twice just to enjoy them over again (check out the sunset in Chapter 11—you wont’ be sorry!). But even if the descriptions had been sub-par, it would still be hard not to get swept up in the romanticism of vintage lockets, porcelain dolls, and dainty cakes.

Even so, the real artistry of A Little Princess is in how it showcases the beauty of the human spirit. Sara Crewe is gentle and generous while living in the lap of luxury, but this doesn’t change when she encounters hardship. Instead, she works even harder to live her philosophy that a girl is a princess because of how she acts, not what she has. As a result, she draws out the inner beauty of the people around her—from the baker woman down the stree to the ld man next door.

The reading kit below is designed to revel in the lavish lifestyle described in the book…but in true Sara fashion, remember to share it with a friend! šŸ™‚

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Make It So: A Star Trek TNG Marathon Kit

Posted June 7, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 4 Comments

sky, lights, space

 

As noted in last week’s recipe post, we’re departing from our usual book-inspired posts to pay homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation (after 3 months, I figured we were about due for another TV menu). And that means it’s time for another marathon kit! It was tough to narrow down exactly which items I wanted to include in the kit, but after several drafts I think I’ve got the perfect combo of items to help you make it through your next trekky Netflix binge. Enjoy!

 

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