Children's Literature - Brittanny HandiboeThere are many beauty products out there that contain petroleum, antibacterial ingredients, and other harmful chemicals. Soaps, shampoo, lotion, and makeup are contained in pretty packages that are not necessarily biodegradable, potentially damaging the environment. By finding and reusing safe items in the home, readers will be able to make their own unique beauty products and packaging. Blake creates many alternative options for her self-pampering audience that avoid unnecessary waste and potent chemicals, manipulating simple everyday items. There are perhaps too many alternatives, as the collaged page layouts are jam-packed with projects, patterns, facts, and notes, making the design a little cluttered. The reader can look past this because the collage is eye-grabbing and colorful, fun to read through, and ultimately, the more activities the merrier. Blake even includes a craft skills section near the glossary that describes the different stitching techniques and tips on threading a needle. This book is just one of the “Eco Chic Crafts” series and is recommended for creative young girls. Reviewer: Brittanny Handiboe; Ages 9 to 12.
School Library Journal11/01/2013
Gr 4–8—These titles focus on using household objects that would normally be thrown away to create fresh new goods. The only items crafters might need to purchase would be things such as needles, thread, and PVA glue-all of which are inexpensive and easily obtained. Each title has 11 crafts, which include a "You will need" list and numbered instructions that are accompanied by brightly colored photos that clearly demonstrate the steps. Each volume relays information about recycling and environmental awareness. For example, Accessorizing That Look explains that mining for precious jewels often causes environmental destruction. In Pampering Yourself, readers learn that many beauty products use petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Revamping Your Room discusses how paper can take 5 to 15 years to break down, and it releases dangerous gas as it does so. Styling Your Wardrobe informs fashion fans that "The average plastic bag is used for just five minutes but takes five hundred years to decompose." From the style of the projects (bracelets, headbands, treasure boxes, etc.) and the preponderance of pink, the target audience here is strictly female. Solid choices where craft collections need a boost.
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