________________ CM . . . . Volume V Number 6 . . . . November 13, 1998

cover Fun with Modeling Clay.

Barbara Reid.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 1998.
40 pp., paper, $5.95.
ISBN 1-55074-510-7.

Kindergarten and up / Ages 5 and up.
Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4

image Barbara Reid has shared her award-winning clay modelling techniques in a previous book, Playing with Plasticine, published in 1990. Fun with Modelling Clay is mostly a reprint of Playing with Plasticine, but it does not inform the potential buyer who may already have the previous book. The main difference between the books is that Fun with Modelling Clay has colour illustrations while the older book is in black and white. But many of the illustrations are the same.

      Barbara Reid's illustrations are favourites with kids and adults alike. Her ability to turn lumps of clay into delightful objects, animals, insects, people and backgrounds surprises readers with every new book.

      Published in softcover, this slim book will be useful for parents to use with small children at home, for older children to use on their own, and for classroom use. The book is illustrated with picture examples of each basic type of clay object, and then colour drawings with the steps to construct the object clearly defined. Further drawings suggest other possibilities, along with building tips. Reid has included information about the basic tools needed (most can be found around the house), and lessons on making different types of animals, people and pictures. Short, concisely written instructions and descriptions are easy to follow. Directional arrows show how the modeling clay is to be worked.

      Working with clay is a wonderful activity for children, just for fun or to illustrate stories or non-fiction work. Children of all ages and talents are always pleased with what they produce. Older children interested in exploring their artistic talents would be well served to use this book as a basic guide. This book will be an excellent motivator and instructor for successful results, but it is not an essential purchase if you already have Playing with Plasticine.

Recommended with reservations.

Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian and lover of clay modeling in Winnipeg,Manitoba.

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