This 48-page book is packed with creative and simple crafts that utilize common household objects. Colorful illustrations and brief text explain the steps in making these toys and practical items. True to Earth Day spirit, Ross uses lots of "green" ideas such as turning used dryer sheets into flower sachets and recycling a plastic milk jug by making it an identification tag. While older children can do the activities independently, the projects make nice parent-child activities for the younger crowd. There is a total of 22 crafts, including a magazine file, soda bottle mouse, playing cards photo frame, finger friend, flip flop bunny board, foil fish, cardboard tube art file, head and hat vase, rubber band desk jar, cork penholder, pencil trivet, rubber ball head toy, crafting box, and candle stub pin cushion. In addition, each activity has a spin-off or variation. While the title is a bit misleading, as there is nothing in the book specific to Earth Day, the crafts are more Earth Day inspired allowing children to continue the environmental-friendly spirit throughout the year. 2006, Milbrook Press, Ages 9 to 12.
Gr 2-5-These 22 projects range from clever and cute (finger puppets made from balloons) to mundane and forgettable ("Soda Bottle Mouse"). The author dives right in with a promising "Earth-Friendly Crafting Box" but after three pages of instructions most kids will have lost interest. The remaining crafts are mostly two pages in length and include an illustrated supplies list and mostly clear directions. Materials include sequins, magnetic tape, pom-poms, and beads in addition to common household objects. For a more extensive collection of projects that seriously espouse the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle), see Laurie M. Carlson's EcoArt!: Earth-Friendly Art & Craft Experiences for 3- to 9-Year-Olds (Williamson, 1993) or stick with Ross's Every Day Is Earth Day (Millbrook, 1996).-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.