MORE COLONIAL CRAFTS FOR YOU TO MAKE by Janet & Alex D'Amato

MORE COLONIAL CRAFTS FOR YOU TO MAKE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Recalling the model room from their first collection (1975) of fake-it colonial crafts, the D'Amatos launch this sequel with a model schoolroom, constructed from a corrugated box and complete with balsa furniture, corncob pupils in costume, quill pen, and hornbook. This is hardly a Colonial craft, and there is even less redeeming educational value in the ice-cream stick bucket made to emulate the cooper's art, the black spray paint and acrylics applied to ""any metal object"" as in the smith's tin tolework, or the chamois, plastic, or suedecloth tote you fix up with a drawstring in supposed imitation of the work of the tanner. One wonders how the D'Amatos relate such projects to their talk of the colonial artisans' ""good craftsmanship"" and ""pride in their work."" For real colonial crafts to make, see Pettit's Whirlygiggs and Whimmydiddles (1972).

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1977
Publisher: Messner