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. Volume IX Number 6. . . . November 15, 2002
You can make and wear all the costumes in this book. It's fun - and easy! These two pages show the things used to make the costumes you'll see in this chapter. You can use other things too if you like. You'll find most of what you need around your own home. Always get permission to use what you find.
Mary Wallace is an art therapist who has taught art for 20 years to children and adults. She has written a number of very well received and popular non-fiction books including How to Make Great Stuff for Your Room (Greey de Pencier, 1992); The Inuksuk Book (Owl/Grey de Pencier, 1999) and Make Your Own Inuksuk (Owl, 2001).
The materials in this book previously appeared in I Can Make Costumes (1996); I Can Make Puppets (1994); I Can Make Nature Crafts (1996); I Can Make Toys (1994) and I Can Make Games (1995). As a compilation, it is a good value and a very good resource for teachers, group leaders, parents and crafty kids.
Like all books by Mary Wallace, the presentation of ideas is clear, attractive and very appealing. All the supplies need are listed in a box and are not expensive. The step-by-step instructions are very easy to follow, and numerous colour photographs add to the clarity of presentation. The projects are fairly easy to make and can be completed using materials found around the house or in the neighbourhood. The book would be very useful for youth group leaders looking for ideas to use recycled materials as there are plenty of ideas using tin cans, boxes, egg cartons, and even the corn husks! The author has good safety tips like asking adults for help with pinning the puppet stage, etc.
The wonderful thing about these craft ideas is that, once the basic steps are followed, there is a lot of room for personal creativity. The ideas themselves are very appealing and include the "string king" which is a marionette, an enchanted castle made of appliance boxes, and forest folk made of twigs and leaves.
Lorraine Douglas is Head of Youth Services for the Winnipeg Public Library System.
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