Create with Maisy: A Maisy First Arts-and-Crafts Book

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Let Maisy show you how! Easy, safe, and fun, these craft projects for the very young were put together and photographed by Lucy Cousins herself.

Why does Maisy keep a Big Box of Everything, filled with glitter, sequins, foil, stickers, paint, brushes, paper, and tons more stuff? Because she loves to make things! Children as young as two will be thrilled to follow her lead, thanks to a brand-new Maisy format featuring both familiar illustrations and photographs by Lucy Cousins. ...

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Overview

Let Maisy show you how! Easy, safe, and fun, these craft projects for the very young were put together and photographed by Lucy Cousins herself.

Why does Maisy keep a Big Box of Everything, filled with glitter, sequins, foil, stickers, paint, brushes, paper, and tons more stuff? Because she loves to make things! Children as young as two will be thrilled to follow her lead, thanks to a brand-new Maisy format featuring both familiar illustrations and photographs by Lucy Cousins. Here are crystal-clear steps for creating seventeen simple crafts, highlighted by photos of the end result. Enjoy making things from painted pebbles to paper lanterns, food collages to feathered masks, and wax-relief paintings to wonderful vegetable animals. As spectacular looking as it is hands-on, here is an activity book sure to please parents as much as it does Maisy’s little fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Maisy the mouse hosts this oversize book, which offers directions for 17 simple craft projects. Primary-colored spreads on glossy pages combine photographs of the materials needed and finished products with Cousins’s trademark thickly outlined, gouache animal characters. Maisy’s projects include prints made from paint and pieces of sliced fruit and vegetables; masks constructed from paper plates, popsicle sticks, and feathers; and a pasta necklace. All of the crafts are within the grasp of preschool-aged learners, while forming a foundation for creative experimentation. Ages 4–up. (July)
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A beloved children’s-book character explores her creative side and encourages children to get crafty . . .The photos of Cousins’ finished projects are a standout for their imperfection—childlike, they do not look intimidating to children who cannot replicate the more polished look of adults’ crafts. The 17 projects are ideal for young children—they encourage creative play and can be used as decorations or given as gifts, and most do not require the use of anything more dangerous than the recommended rounded safety scissors. . . A wonderful resource for those who work (and play) with young children.
—Kirkus Reviews

All of the crafts are within the grasp of preschool-aged learners, while forming a foundation for creative experimentation.
—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Susan Cotter
Children will enjoy crafting these fun, quick and easy projects with popular cartoon mouse Maisy. Using simple objects found in almost every home, readers are encouraged to be creative and find a substitute if the item the author recommended is not readily available. The book covers a wide variety of interests from wearable art to gift ideas to everyone's favorite: things to eat! Projects that engage both fine and gross motor skills are offered, including stringing beads, crumpling tissue paper, tearing and cutting paper and stirring to mix paint or make icing. Cousins makes an effort to choose projects that use found/reused/recycled objects that are particularly relevant in our environmentally conscious times. Since the materials used are so easy to find around the house, this book is great resource to have on hand on a rainy day or any day kids are bored and claim they cannot think of anything to do. Crafty kids will love creating with Maisy. With inspirational full-color photographs and simple instructions on each two-page spread, even a not-so-crafty kid will want to give it a try. Reviewer: Susan Cotter
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Maisy the mouse, star of dozens of books and her own TV series, presents 16 simple crafts. The projects are all standard fare, e.g., paper lanterns, a pasta necklace, and seed pictures. Each one has concise step-by-step instructions and a color photograph of the finished artwork. In most cases, the activities are so simple that individual illustrations, guides, or patterns are not required, and the book provides none. Cousins includes cartoons of the mouse and her friends on most pages, and their comments about the crafts appear in the familiar font used in her picture books. Sesame Street Crafts All Year Round (Paragon, 2010) presents a wider variety of original activities for different skill levels, but many are too advanced for preschoolers. Cousins's book is a good choice for Maisy fans, and for anyone who is looking for very basic craft ideas.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
A beloved children's-book character explores her creative side and encourages children to get crafty. Super-simple directions and projects make these crafts a breeze for young children. The materials lists include items that are common household objects (but if you don't have something, not to worry--Cousins encourages you to substitute something else). This laid-back attitude pervades the entire book, which seems designed for maximum creativity. The photos of Cousins' finished projects are a standout for their imperfection--childlike, they do not look intimidating to children who cannot replicate the more polished look of adults' crafts. The 17 projects are ideal for young children--they encourage creative play and can be used as decorations or given as gifts, and most do not require the use of anything more dangerous than the recommended rounded safety scissors. They include a cardboard-box house, tissue-paper flowers, a pencil holder, painted pebbles, paper lanterns, a pasta necklace, colorful cookies (decorating already-made cookies) and a feathery mask. Each project is presented on a two-page spread, with a close-up view of the finished product on one side and directions and materials list on the other. Scattered throughout are Cousins' gouache illustrations of Maisy at work and play. Bright primary colors and simple backgrounds and details keep the focus on the craft projects. A wonderful resource for those who work (and play) with young children. (Craft book. 2-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763661229
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Maisy Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 642,349
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lucy Cousins
Lucy Cousins is the acclaimed creator of the beloved Maisy series. She is also the author-illustrator of the widely acclaimed Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book, as well as I’m the Best and Hooray for Fish! Lucy Cousins lives in Hampshire, England.
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