Children's Literature - Jeanna PottsThis book provides cheap ideas for decorating a room? It begins with general ideas about where to find used supplies and materials that can be recycled into decorations for a room (or for presents), then proceeds to give directions for projects. The first project makes bookends using old clothes decorated with used ribbons and buttons, sewn into a cube shape, and filled with beans or grains. A diary can be made from scrap envelopes or wrapping paper and covered with scrap fabric or felt wrapped over cardboard. Readers can create a personalized DVD door hanger or colorful vertical hangers. Another nifty project turns a buttoned cardigan into a decorative pillow. Other projects include creating pictures to hang, refinishing a nightstand, and making banners from old clothes, a doorstop from clothes and beans, a small storage box from a shoebox and small food packaging boxes. A materials list for each project is clearly presented. There are colorful recycling hints inserts, and additional project suggestions are written in black cursive around the pages. There is a table of contents, an index, a glossary, and a useful website list. Because many of these projects require sewing, there is a page that explains basic sewing skills such as how to thread a needle, how to sew on buttons, and how to make certain stitches,. The book has interesting, inexpensive ideas, and although the sewing projects are simple, children may need help with these projects. Although the book is written to appeal to girls, the projects are just as appropriate for a boy’s room. Teachers can use these projects in this book as art projects or as gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day. Reviewer: Jeanna Potts; 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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