Reviews for Medieval Castle Adventure Crafts


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Each volume provides engaging craft ideas through creative use of materials including clay, paper, cardboard, and yarn. The texts encourage readers to make colorful figures and props, then imagine their own story adventures. The steps can be hard to follow as numbered directions dance across the pages, not always from left to right. Cartoony illustrations and sample stories are included. Reading list, websites. Ind. [Review covers these Fun Adventure Crafts titles: Fairy Tale Adventure Crafts, Haunted House Adventure Crafts, Medieval Castle Adventure Crafts, Pirate Ship Adventure Crafts, and Space Adventure Crafts.] Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 November

K-Gr 3--Cardboard, clay, and paper are the main materials for the majority of these projects. Photos paired with step-by-step instructions make the final claymationlike figures of pirates, fairies, and kings, etc., seem easily achievable, but this is deceptive. The pictures do not show the molding, mixing, and sculpting of clay and/or shaping of craft wire that will require more dexterity than small hands have. The lack of measurements and templates (e.g., one instruction directs, "Draw an ogre on cardboard. Cut it out") makes readers draw freehand and figure out the appropriate size and scale on their own. The final pages of each book employ all the crafts in a story and encourage readers to do the same. While some techniques, like making planets from Styrofoam balls, can cross over to school projects, the focus is on fun over fact.

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