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Volume V Number 21 . . . . June 18, 1999
This appealing kit would make a great gift item for a child over the age of eight who wants to learn the basics of sewing. An instruction book and all the supplies (except for the beans or the fiberfill stuffing) are presented in a boxed package. The instructional book demonstrates through clear step-by-step instructions and attractive drawings how to create three bean bag creatures. A child can choose from among a fish, a frog and a bear. The directions explain how to lay out and cut out the enclosed pattern pieces, how to hand sew and stuff the creatures and how to have more fun with the projects. These ideas include dressing up the creatures with accessories and giving them as gifts along with the enclosed "birth certificates." More supplies for making the creatures can be ordered from the publishers, but the book gives good suggestions on purchasing suitable supplies from fabric and craft stores.
Although this item is not suitable for library use, teachers could find the patterns useful for middle school use as a creative class project. The funky purple illustrations of kids in the instructional guide have the added bonus of including both boys and girls making these cute creatures.
Lorraine Douglas is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Winnipeg Public Library.
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