FOXTAILS, FERNS & FISHCAKES: A Handbook of Art & Nature Projects by Ada Graham

FOXTAILS, FERNS & FISHCAKES: A Handbook of Art & Nature Projects

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Making prints of leaves or fish, stamp printing with vegetables, pressing flowers, weaving with grasses, making seed mosaics or corn husk dolls: Most of Graham's craft ideas axe ordinary ones, not especially well presented, and her nature lore is desultory and haphazard. For each section--city, roadside, garden, forest, and shore--she lists some of the leaves, grasses, insects, or whatever to be found there, with brief descriptions that illustrate no principles and follow no system. Only a few listed items are illustrated (even among the leaves and wild flowers), and some are never related to the craft projects. Except for the camera-less sun photos, the less familiar activities are silly--why spray-paint a spider web, or mushroom spores? And for that matter there is no warning about the mushrooms or other possible poisons. Shoddy.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1976
Publisher: Four Winds