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". . . a wonderful compendium of plans for everything from an Ecuadorian dancing hat to Greek bread dough coins. Authors MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter give one-page instructions for more than 135 projects that are thought provoking and amusing. The illustrations offer a map showing the geographic location of each project’s source, as well as what the finished item can look like. The authors toss in a valuable historical or anecdotal tidbit just to make Mom or Dad or the Babysitter look that much smarter. Betcha didn’t know that evidence of ice skating was found among Roman ruins in London or that an Austrian wedding calls for a specially painted chair. Now you do, and here’s a project to prove it!’—West Coast Weekend
"Everyday art for children is presented in a project title which gathers a range of multicultural art pursuits, from Peruvian Silver Wind Chimes to creating Chinese Printing Presses. Illustrations are in black and white but this project-packed guide needs little color to prove valuable to young audiences."—Wisconsin Bookwatch
Other art books by MaryAnn Kohl:
The Big Messy Art Book (Gryphon House), 0-87659-206-X
Cooking Art (Gryphon House), 0-87659-184-5
Preschool Art (Gryphon House), 0-87659-168-3
Posted June 12, 2000
While writing this book, I discovered some amazing factoids that I knew children would enjoy if transformed into easy art projects they could do with little adult help! For example, did you know that the undersea coral of Figi is some of the most colorful in the entire world? Okay, let's paint a watercolor painting in pinks, purples and yellow like the coral of Figi!Then outline the shapes with a marking pen, and you have an interpretive work of art. Another one? Why, sure! The French perfected fancy perfumed soaps, so let's sculpt soap shapes from left-over scraps of bar soap that is first soaked to soften and then pressed flat and cut with cookie cutters! Kids can learn interesting things from Global Art, but more important, they can be creative while learning. Let's face it: The most important thing about this book !!really!! is that it is easy fun art for kids of all ages.I have never known a child in all my years of teaching and consulting who did not find art to be wonderful, especially open-ended art that supports the premise that the process is far more important than the finished product any day. Now let's construct a full-size imaginative anaconda snake out of an old bedsheet inspired from a real anaconda from Brazil!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2009
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