Category: Nonfiction, How-To
Author: Janet Sacks, Polly Goodman & Steve Parker
Some of the best craft books I have seen for upper elementary children, these books specialize in art projects that deal with science concepts. The left side of each double-page spread highlights an animal or animal kingdom feature such as coat patterns, and gives information and photos or illustrations about it. The right side contains illustrated directions for a craft related to the concept introduced along with a finished example.
Review:The crafts are eye-catching, appealing and challenging enough to keep upper elementary kids busy, but not so difficult that they require a lot of extra assistance or would become frustrating. The crafts are also diverse, ranging from paintings to masks to sculpture and jewelry, and use a wide variety of media to tap the creativity of budding artists. Though they could keep a child busy on a rainy day, many would be suitable for science projects or reports as well.