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The Amazing Paper Book

The Amazing Paper Book

by Linda Hendry (Illustrator), Paulette Bourgeois, Susan Wallace, Catherine Ross
A non-fiction book for children


A non-fiction book for children

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- ``Amazing'' describes the breadth of information in these two activity books. Although each title promises ``two dozen fun projects for home or school,'' the fascinating texts and the factual information they impart are equally as valuable as the projects described. However, the dirt book has only 18 projects. It begins with personal dirt and its removal throughout the ages and goes on to cover household dirt and edible dirt. The chapter on burial includes archaeology, paleontology, buried treasure, and animals that bury themselves to hibernate. Accompanying projects include recipes for hot dogs coated with edible terra cotta (!) as well as a mud cake of the more typical flour, cocoa, butter, etc. The Amazing Paper Book discusses why we need paper, its history and uses, as well as related subjects including pens, ink, alphabets and printing, logging and forestry, and newspapers and recycling. Projects include pens and several kinds of ink, a pinata, and block and leaf printing. Unfortunately, a recipe for cooking in paper does not explain how cooking parchment differs from the animal skin parchment described elsewhere in the book. The directions for making paper begin by tearing up several sheets of clean, white paper and seem misleading (making paper from paper?), while White's Investigating Science with Paper (Addison-Wesley, 1970; o.p.) gives a more authentic project. Black-and-white drawings decorate and illustrate every page of the clear, easy-to-read texts. Subchapters are often separated with boxed facts--more snippets of assorted information plus illustrations. Although there are many books that go into greater detail about some of the subjects in these books, few attempt to cover so much in single volumes. However, coverage is necessarily brief, and students will need to do further reading to have enough information for a report. --Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA

Product Details

Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
Amazing Books Series
Product dimensions:
9.53(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.27(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Hendry is an award winning illustrator and author of over 60 books for children, including many Kids Can Craft books and the Pup and Hound series. She lives with her husband, twin daughters, and a fuzzy cat near Rockwood Ontario.

Paulette Bourgeois is the author of more than 40 books for children, including the In My Neighborhood series and Oma?s Quilt. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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