AFRICAN CRAFTS by Judith Hoffman Corwin


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Stylized drawings in burnt orange and black complement this collection of 13 simple crafts and recipes of African origin. Directions are given for making a Nigerian dashiki, a North African good-luck charm, and an East African board game as well as an Algerian chicken stew. Materials are easily available: markers, crayons, egg cartons, etc.; and there are appropriate safety warnings, although the cultural context is extremely limited. Children are left to wonder whether animals or geometic designs have special meaning, or whether beads ""often worn in Africa"" are really made of flour and water and painted with acrylics--or whether Ethiopian flat bread is traditionally made with club soda. An adequate easy-craft book that, unfortunately, adds little to understanding of Africa's rich cultural heritage. Index.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1990
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Watts