Wiseman, an artist, teacher, and former director of the Boston Children's Museum Visitor's Center, has revised two earlier works, Making Things, and Making Things, Book 2, published in the 1970s, and combined them into this book. This volume includes a chronicling of Wiseman's career and a bibliography of other arts and crafts books published between the 1970s and 1990s. In handwritten text accompanied by drawn illustrations and patterns, Wiseman presents crafts that can be made from easily obtained items, such as construction paper, tissue paper, glue, string, and scissors, as well as crafts that require the purchase and use of tools such as saws, hammers, lumber, clamps, and wire cutters. A crafty colleague who looked at this title is excited about the crafts presented but thought that many of them-candle dipping, weaving, macram�, bread dough sculptures, kites, straw mobiles, tin punching, and paper beads-better suit a younger audience, such as fourth and fifth graders. Index. Illus. Photos. Bilbio. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
Gr 4-8A compilation of the "best selections" from Making Things and Making Things 2, published in the 1970s, this book has many inspirational quotes, philosophical tidbits, and a wealth of creative ideas. "Save Things for Making Things" is a valuable list that opens the presentation. Not only are there things to save, but also reasons for doing so. Several excellent articles, "Connecting Things with Ideas," "Questions," and "Solutions," are appended. The body of the book has many activities to stimulate creativity and will be a valuable resource for adults, but is not a source children should be given for independent use. The projects are mainly for beginners, often children, but the author minimizes precautions and requests for adult help. Pages are very busy with directions that jump from the gutter edge to the margin, numerous diagrams, and personal asides. Those who are looking for some craft ideas and have time to read everything carefully first, and make a sample so that they are familiar with steps that need guidance, may want to consider this book. Nancy Blakey's Lotions, Potions, and Slime (Tricycle, 1996) will better serve adults who have any apprehensions about their own craft abilities or about crafting with children as active participants.Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High School, Brockton, MA