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Wallace, Mary
Toronto, Greey de Pencier, 1992. 88pp, cloth, $9.95, ISBN 1-895688-02-7. Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up

Reviewed by Joanne Robertson

Volume 21 Number 2
1993 March

Wondering what to do with your old shoes? Make a four-shoe-footstool! Mary Wallace's book, How to Make Great Stuff for 'Your Room, is the kid's answer to redecorating. It shows the young designer how to recycle things around the house to create a fun environment.

Stuff a sausage chair. Turn old clothes into a braided rug. Weave a lampshade. Create personalized picture frames and artwork. Transform a bed with a headboard, designer and tie-dyed sheets, and a one-of-a-kind comforter cover.

A bulletin board, a paper-tube wall shelf for tiny knickknacks, a knotted hammock for all those stuffed animals, innovative clothes hangers, and laundry gobblers help the young designer to organize things. And Mary Wallace doesn't stop there. Walls, floors, ceilings, doors and windows are also given the designer treatment. A variety of crafts and skills are incorporated. Adult assistance is required for some of the projects.

The directions are easy to follow and are accompanied by black-and-white line drawings. Each project includes sections that describe the materials needed, preparation, numbered instructions, and variations on the project. The directions are shown complete on two facing pages. Four pages of colour photographs in the centre of the book show completed projects. A table of contents and an index are included.

How to Make Great Stuff for your Room is the companion book to Mary Wallace's first book, How to Make Great Stuff to Wear.

Joanne Robertson is a teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba
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