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. Volume XIII Number 20 . . . .May 25, 2007
Wind Chimes and Whirligigs couldn't appear at a more appropriate time. Our increased interest in eco-friendly power sources, and our concerns around using renewable resources make this how-to craft book a very relevant and inspiring teaching tool for kids today. For the most part, the projects are easy to craft, durable and ready for the elements, and quite hilarious and inventive!!
The book begins with an illustrated menu of all the essential supplies, including craft, school, and recycled materials that can be used to make the projects that are outlined in the following pages. It was great to see an emphasis on free or inexpensive supplies using found objects that will be given one more life, for example, wooden spoons, old aluminum pie plates, old compact discs, bottle caps, and plastic bottles. Although the required tools are fairly basic, it is evident that the inclusion of exacto knives, wire cutters, and glue-guns mean that the crafts do entail some adult supervision, depending on the capability and age of the children who are attempting these projects. Step-by-step instructions are carefully provided for 12 different wind-driven craft projects that begin with "Crazy Kitten" a simple project, to the more complex, "Wind-Dragon" and "Whirli-bird" at the end of the book. "Caterpillar" is a perfect example of how a wooden spoon, a few beads, and a handful of wood screws can evoke a funky folk-art style creepy crawler for hanging in the garden.
Karen Kiddey is the Manager of Library Services for the Red River North Regional Library in Selkirk, MB.
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