Read, Learn & Create: The Nature Craft Book
Clare Beaton, author-illustrator
Clare Beaton studied graphics and illustration, and she creates illustrations for children's books using recycled materials. She has made art for children's puzzles and games, as well as television ads. Clare lives in London, England.
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Young readers are encouraged to go outside and observe nature wherever they live, city or country, and then utilize those observations to create various complementary craft projects with everyday materials. Each spread includes short paragraphs about various aspects of nature, e.g., birds, deer, leaves, twigs. The book provides basic instructions and a materials list for creating projects such as a bird mobile, finger puppets, twig snowflakes, etc. The writing is accessible and the facts stick to the basics. The craft projects are simple and encourage the use of recycled materials from home; some will occasionally need adult supervision. The collage artwork is lovely and colorful, and the entire layout is very attractive. VERDICT: This is a nice addition to most craft collections for young children and could be used both at home and in a classroom setting.
Simple crafts and recipes inspired by the natural world are described with easy-to-follow instructions (adult supervision is recommended for all projects). Attractive cutpaper illustrations portray animals and plants in natural landscapes (each species labeled with its common name), as well as the end result for each craft. A short introduction for each animal or plant that inspired a project offers more background informationnal, which means they are active at night.”). Oddly, mature deer are shown with white spots. The only human figures portrayed have medium and dark brown complexions. Informative and creative, these U.K. imports are likely to inspire many nature lovers.
ISBN: 978-1-63289-734-3 EPUB
ISBN: 978-1-63289-735-0 PDF
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Page count: 32
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