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Judy Ann Sadler
Toronto, Kids Can Press, 1994. 32pp, paper, $5.95
ISBN 1-55074-182-9. (Kids Can Easy Crafts). CIP

Pre-School to Grade 3 / Ages 4-8

Reviewed by Christine Buchanan

Volume 22 Number 5
1994 October

This latest addition to the growing "Kids Can Easy Crafts" series shows young children how to make nine different types of beads using readily available materials such as paper, home-made dough, pasta, drinking straws, and even carrots! Only a few items (such as varnish) would need to be purchased. There are many ideas for using all these creations in jewellery, decorations, games, mobiles, and so on, enriched with lots of suggestions for individual variations. Most of the ideas can be used by children themselves, and, where safety considerations require adult help, this is indicated.

Clear, systematic instructions are given in numbered squares, each step illustrated by Marilyn Mets in cheerful and inviting water-colours. These pictures all have a distinctly "handmade" look, thus encouraging children to try their own versions instead of trying to compete with a perfect photograph. Beginning readers can manage some of this text themselves and "read" the accompanying pictures also, and thus use the book with a minimum of supervision.

Highly recommended for home, school and library use, and also for professional collections for teachers and group leaders.

Christine Buchanan, a former branch head with Toronto Public Libraries, is now a teacher with the Scarborough Board of Education in Toronto, Ontario.

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