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1-2-- Sarah and her father work as a team to produce the Puddle Jumper, a wooden rocking airplane. This contemplative book takes readers through the creation process from the first bright idea to the finished product. The making of the toy is the focus, but the father/daughter partnership shows the role children can play. Similar to Ali Mitgutsch's From Idea to Toy (Carolrhoda, 1988), this book has full-color photographs that lend a touch of reality, doc umenting step-by-step a complicated procedure. The somewhat dark pictures create a mood of a dim, cool, wood-scented workshop. --Joyce Richards, Prairie Grove Elementary School, AR
Stuart Miller
This deceptively simple photo-essay will fascinate kids. Sarah's father makes wooden riding toys, and he likes to have her help him in his work. The Puddle Jumper is a rocking airplane, and we see it develop from the design and model stage through the careful steps of measuring, cutting, sanding, decorating, assembling, and packing. There are lots of technical details to pore over in the fine color photographs, especially the action of such tools as a shaper, router, planer, and drum sander. The back cover photo shows kids on rocking toys in the park, reinforcing the connection between joyful work and play.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688102043
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 22

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