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A Maisy First Arts-and-Crafts Book

by Lucy Cousins & illustrated by Lucy Cousins

Age Range: 2 - 8

Pub Date: July 10th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6122-9
Publisher: Candlewick

A beloved children’s-book character explores her creative side and encourages children to get crafty.

Super-simple directions and projects make these crafts a breeze for young children. The materials lists include items that are common household objects (but if you don’t have something, not to worry—Cousins encourages you to substitute something else). This laid-back attitude pervades the entire book, which seems designed for maximum creativity. The photos of Cousins’ finished projects are a standout for their imperfection—childlike, they do not look intimidating to children who cannot replicate the more polished look of adults’ crafts. The 17 projects are ideal for young children—they encourage creative play and can be used as decorations or given as gifts, and most do not require the use of anything more dangerous than the recommended rounded safety scissors. They include a cardboard-box house, tissue-paper flowers, a pencil holder, painted pebbles, paper lanterns, a pasta necklace, colorful cookies (decorating already-made cookies) and a feathery mask. Each project is presented on a two-page spread, with a close-up view of the finished product on one side and directions and materials list on the other. Scattered throughout are Cousins’ gouache illustrations of Maisy at work and play. Bright primary colors and simple backgrounds and details keep the focus on the craft projects.

A wonderful resource for those who work (and play) with young children. (Craft book. 2-8)