Reviews for Christmas Crafts from Around the World


Booklist Reviews 2003 December #2
Gr. 4-6. Count down the days until Christmas on a German Advent calendar. Host a Mexican pinata party. Weave a Danish heart basket, fill it with treats, and hang it on the tree. Starting off with instructions for making cranberry-and-popcorn garlands and felt ornaments from the U.S., Sadler explains and shows how to make traditional Christmas projects from 13 different countries. Most of the materials can be found around the house, and the step-by-step directions are easy to follow, illustrated with Bradford's clear line-and-watercolor diagrams. The focus is mostly on Europe and the Americas (there's a token crinkle-paper chain from South Africa), but there's a lot here to make an international Christmas and extend the holiday fun. The tone is enthusiastic, and the attractive design, with an illustrated double-page spread for each project, will invite kids to give it a try. Another successful entry in the stellar Kids Can Do It series. ((Reviewed December 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Spring
These seventeen projects, ranging in skill level, combine familiar activities (garlands, ornaments) with less conventional crafts (silver spider webs, pinatas). Though the projects have child-appeal, the instructions lack detail, supplies are not always well defined (dowel, skein), and the illustrations would be more helpful if they included labels. Elementary schoolers will need adult assistance. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2004 March
Seventeen relatively simple craft projects from fourteen countries are presented in this step-by-step instruction book. Countries represented include Australia, Denmark, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, and Ukraine. Among the crafts featured are an Advent calendar, felt and straw ornaments, Nativity scene, tree skirt, and pillowcase. Depending on the complexity of the project, the instructions for each craft range from two to four pages. A brief paragraph explains the cultural significance of each craft followed by a list of supplies needed. Detailed instructions are clear and specific, and are accompanied with visual examples. The majority of crafts require simple tools like scissors and rulers, and easy-to-find materials like felt, ribbon, and lace. Most students would be able to do these crafts on their own. A good book to add to holiday collections. Recommended. Ed Sullivan, Library Media Specialist, Hardin Valley Elementary School, Knoxville, Tennessee [Editor's No e: Another new title in the series is All-American Quilts (1-55337-538-6). For a listing of all titles in the series, visit www.kidscanpress.com.] © 2004 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2003 September #4
Christmas Crafts from Around the World by Judy Ann Sadler, illus. by June Bradford, offers projects based on craft traditions from 14 countries, from a Dutch Sinterklaas sack to a Mexican party pinata. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2003 October
Gr 4-6-From cranberry and popcorn garlands (U.S.) to woven hearts (Denmark) to a pi-ata (Mexico) to a crinkle-paper chain (South Africa), these 17 projects for craft-confident readers also include snippets of information on how and why the holiday is celebrated in a variety of countries. A photograph of each finished product is provided, along with a list of materials needed and succinct but clear instructions. Small but clear illustrations guide readers through each step. Most of the materials are readily available (a toilet-paper roll) with a few craft-store commodities (tulle, balsa wood) mixed in. A worthy addition to holiday craft collections.-S. P. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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