School Library Journal
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.
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Create your own “eco-fashionable” wearable items by recycling items and making something new out of something previously used. There are twelve project ideas with directions along with color photographs illustrating each project’s construction. Use some old neckties and a belt buckle to create an original belt for an outfit. Transform an old sweater into a vest by cutting the sleeves and adding fringe, buttons, and beads for decoration. With some creative work, a used blanket, felt, buttons, and bead can be used to make a poncho. Each project has a list of materials and step-by-step instructions. There are tips and suggestions along with information about recycling. Information on the craft skills used, like the different stitches, are located at the back of the book. There is a glossary of several eco-related terms (like bio-degradable, organic, recycle) and a few web sites with a focus on recycling or crafts. Crafters may require varying levels of adult guidance as well as supervision depending on their sewing skills. This book is part of the “Eco-Chic” series featuring books with craft ideas to accessorize your wardrobe or room and to make your own personal care products. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung; Ages 9 to 12.