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Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of CraftBooks from School Library Journal on April 1, 2011

Cover: Birthday Crafts

The seven crafts in these books (one craft per spread) are sandwiched between brief advice on getting started and a short list of holiday-related activities toward the end. Festive illustrations accompany the directions to the easy-to-make projects that, while not geared to greatly expand knowledge about the special day, will at least boost readers’ involvement and excitement. Other age-appropriate features include the use of readily available materials—crayons, markers, pipe cleaners, glue—and uncomplicated large shapes for templates, such as a star shape for an Independence Day decoration or a shoe to make the head of a reindeer. Directions for making a card and envelope appear in each book. Recurring gentle reminders to be kind (e.g., ‘make a wonderful and special day for someone’ in Birthday) are a bonus.

—Joanna Fabicon

Products Reviewed

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Birthday Crafts
Independence Day Crafts

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