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. Volume XVI Number 15. . . .December 11, 2009
As the sixth book in the "Starting Art" series, this colourful introduction to building design is certain to inspire budding architects and engineers into experimenting with design and colour to create interesting structures. This high-quality production, with outstanding resolution, provides very carefully balanced images of "imperfect" creations that are visually compelling. The building examples actually look like things that a child could make.
What makes this book, and others in the series, so compelling for children and their caregivers is the careful selection of readily available materials and the clear step-by-step instructions. An elaborate castle, a "breezy" birdhouse, and a mushroom mansion are just a few examples of structures that readers can make. The brilliant colours and mixed media work brilliantly with the examples, all of which possess a fun and whimsical feel. Like other works in the series, the book ends with helpful notes to teachers and parents to ensure positive construction experiences as well as a very simple glossary of building terms.
Christina Neigel is the program head for the Library and Information Technology Program at the University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC. She looks forward to including this work when teaching in an upcoming Information Services for Children course.
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