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David Kehoe
Illustrated by Eric Frederickson

Markham (Ont.), Pembroke Publishers, 1989. 48pp, paper, $18.95
ISBN 0-921217-42-0. CIP

Grades 5 and up/Ages 10 and up
Reviewed by Elaine Blakey.

Volume 18 Number 3
1990 May

This large format (273 x 355 cm) paperback presents to kids the goal of presenting "your writing in interesting, exciting, and attractive formats."

It opens with a list of materials needed for formats described in the book and proceeds to describe twenty-four formats for presenting written work. Line drawings, which assist the reader in understanding the written instructions, and hand-printed instructions are accompanied by a short descriptive and motivating paragraph for each type of format. A variety of formats are described, ranging from simple posters to custom-made flat and three-dimensional shapes, such as pyramids, houses and castles.

The line drawings are clear and simple but Primary students would likely find the hand-printed instructions somewhat tough to read. In a few Instances the instructions are too vague or general for easy interpretation. Some sets of instructions have practical details missing, such as the need for extra wide margins if booklets are going to be stapled. The use of both inches and centimetres would likely be confusing to students who are familiar with only the metric system.

This book would be most useful not for students in elementary schools but for teachers looking for presentation format ideas. Older students (grades 5 to 12) would be able to follow most of the instructions independently but, even in this group, younger students would require some assistance or demonstration.

Elaine Blakey, Red Deer, Alta.
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