Great Gifts

Great Gifts

by Gillian Souter, Clare Watson

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Children's Literature
Great Gifts contains twenty-one projects for making gifts. Each project is given a full- two- page spread that includes written and drawn directions. Photographs of the finished item are also shown. There is a lot of white space and the open layout makes it easy to follow along with the directions and see what needs to happen next. There is a great deal of satisfaction in making a gift, and it can save money, too. Some good ideas for cards, magic rocks, purses and decorated boxes are rather predictable projects. However, the shmoos (flour filled balloons) are more usual. There is a great weaving project that includes very easy to follow instructions for making a simple paper loom. Most of the materials are readily available around the house. There are lots of craft books; this one is notable because it is well illustrated and easy to follow. Part of the "Handy Craft" series. 2001, Gareth Stevens, $22.60. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: Kristin Harris
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-Large, clear, colorful pictures and an attractive format highlight these titles. There is some overlap of ideas in the books, but Beads is more complete in its step-by-step instructions. It offers good general tips for beginners. The quilled (rolled paper) butterfly pin and a blue-and-white marbled bead necklace are attractive and unusual. Gifts has more complex crafts and is geared for slightly older readers. It has a few drawbacks. The directions are not as complete, making it necessary to interpret the illustrations. When making bracelets, there is no mention of sizing the cardboard tubes to ensure that they will slip over the hand. In Beads, sizing necklaces is suggested. The directions for painting noodles, which is covered in the first title, are reduced here to "Be careful-painting noodles is messy." It is almost as though the books were written as a pair with Beads intended to be read first. However, the crafts in Gifts are newer and catchier, including making a personalized mouse pad. Other more traditional items include letter boxes, rainbow rings, mug mats, hot pads, string dispensers, and foil-decorated boxes. Budding, low-budget Martha Stewart crafters will appreciate the selection. Both books can be used with younger children as the illustrations can take the place of text directions.-Jennifer J. Gallant, formerly at Cleveland Public Library, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
Handy Crafts Series
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Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

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