Part of the "Handy Crafts" series, this text provides over twenty ideas for a crafter on a rainy day. The introduction provides some basic craft tips as well as some "saving strategies" to equip a supply closet. Most of the projects, however, require at least one unique item, which demands forethought or a quick trip to the store. This is the greatest disappointment of the text, as its name implies that one could successfully involve a crafter in a project the minute the heavens open up. The directions for each craft are detailed and easy to follow, supported by colorful sketches and photographs. A list of supplies needed for each craft is provided, as well as helpful hints or bright ideas to apply. An adult's help is needed for most projects and these are geared towards children eight years and older. This is not a good book for those looking for child independence. However, it is a valuable resource for the craft loving home that cherishes creativity and messy fun. 2002, Gareth Stevens Publishing,
Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Using readily available materials, children can make practical and entertaining items. Many of the projects, especially in Holiday Handiworks and Rainy Day Fun, can be found elsewhere, but their clear instructions and illustrations and the broad categorical grouping of ideas make these titles very handy for home and school use. Each craft is described on a spread with clearly numbered directions. Colorful watercolor-and-pencil illustrations accompany each step, and there is a color photo of each finished product. All of the books have a safety warning at the beginning, and individual potentially dangerous steps alert children to ask for adult help. A "helpful hint" gives ideas for modifying or using the item. Tracing patterns are included where necessary. Holiday Handiwork takes a multicultural as well as chronological approach, with New Year's noisemakers, a Chinese New Year dragon, a felt afikomen pouch for Passover, cotton-ball chicks in an egg-carton nest for Easter, a paper-tube turkey, a clay dreidel, a reindeer antler headband, and attractive paper beads for Kwanzaa. Using Rainy Day Fun, children can sew an apron and make veggie prints, simple musical instruments, greeting cards, a beaded dream catcher, and more. The projects in Terrific Toys take minutes to make but provide hours of playtime fun. There are directions for various spinning tops, felt fingertip puppets, a kaleidoscope, bead people, felt juggling blocks, a table-top version of soccer, and other toys that children enjoy using and giving as gifts. These are sound purchases where there is a need for clearly written, basic craft books.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.