My Greatest Masterpiece

Children - Picture Book
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 09/04/2023
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

I love how Simone Majetich writes most of her children’s story, My Greatest Masterpiece, in the second person narrative. This is a complex voice, but she uses it easily. The author is talking about her two children, young artists with a strong creative mindset, full of imagination and fun, which she encourages by allowing them to be who they are, messes and all. The two children love to paint, model, sing, dance, and create all kinds of inspired original works, visual, aural, and theatrical. While the author, the mother in the story, observes her children, she also admires their work and the power of creativity and imagination.

Simone Majetich’s picture book story, My Greatest Masterpiece, is a work of art. The language is simple to encourage young readers to read along. The font of the lettering differs, adding swirls and sparkles to every page. The illustrations are as bold and colorful as the children’s creations revealed on each page. This story is full of love, not just a mother’s love but also a shared love between siblings. Playing and creating together, these children learn more and are stronger than those children who play with electronic devices or spend their days on a computer or watching television. The children in this story are full of life and obviously having a lot of fun creating their masterpieces. The mother already knows what her masterpiece is. At the end of the story, the author has included some recipes for materials that are safe for children to use, like edible paint. And some ideas are shared of creative projects to inspire the minds of young readers. This book is a masterpiece!

Philip Van Heusen

Kids are naturally creative, but this creativity needs to be encouraged by their parents. Dr. Simone Majetich highlights creativity and shares many creative ideas for your children to enjoy and try in her picture book, My Greatest Masterpiece. A mother watches her two children play with crayons, colored pencils, scissors, paper, etc. as they draw pictures, and make cardboard swords, and magic wands. Through play, they learn that imagination makes dreams come true. At the end of the book, the mother reveals that her greatest masterpiece is her children. To assist with your child’s creativity, Simone includes instructions on making and using many different mediums for art projects: homemade edible paint, salted dough ornaments, rock painting, and many more. Your children will love the colorful illustrations throughout the book and will be thrilled by the endless possibilities of being creative.

As the mother of three lovely children, Simone Majetich, D.O. understands the vital importance of allowing children to be creative. Since some adults have forgotten how to be creative, Simone shares many creative ideas. In My Greatest Masterpiece, she points out how important a parent’s role is in encouraging their children. Although she is a physician and children’s book author as well as an oil painting artist, she opted to use Shiela Alejando as her illustrator instead of doing the illustrations herself. Shiela is an experienced children’s book illustrator who illustrates this book well. Sharing this book with your children will allow you to enrich their natural curiosity and creativity. One of the most, if not the most, important points of this book is sharing your greatest masterpiece is them.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

My Greatest Masterpiece by Simone Majetich, D.O. is an inspiring children's book. A mother watches over her children, sneaking peeks and admiring glances at their resourcefulness. Using paint, chalk, paper, and scissors, her children live out their imaginations, creating magical lands of fairies and dragons filled with fun, adventure, and places where dreams come true. Pictures and songs fill their playtime. In adoration, the mother gathers up her children and places them in her lap, showing them a photograph of the three of them. She then tenderly tells them they are her "greatest masterpiece."

Simone Majetich, D.O., pens a sweetly satisfying story in My Greatest Masterpiece. The narrative is told from a mother's point of view. The children play and artfully create yet do not speak. I wish some dialogue between the children had been included. Nevertheless, the youngsters are depicted as carefree and allowed to explore and imagine through arts and crafts. The illustrations of Shiela Alejandro are exceptionally well done. The illustrations are captivating, rich in detail and color, and follow the storyline beautifully. The artwork provides action, causing the children's characters to come to life. The book's essence is the heartfelt love of a mother for her children; she treasures them. The author values childlike imagination, art, and family. After the story, she includes craft ideas and fun family activities. My Greatest Masterpiece truly warms the heart.