Reviews for Birdhouses


Booklist Reviews 2005 April #1
Gr. 4-7. This attractive guide from the Kids Can Do It series shows and tells how to build nine birdhouses using inexpensive materials such as wood, plastic drainage pipes, flower pots, and even an old boot. Discussing the basics that apply throughout the book, the introduction includes fully illustrated sections that identify tools and materials, offer tips on construction techniques, and suggest ways to mount a birdhouse. Children are advised to have an adult operate the power drill; otherwise, only hand tools are used. Each project begins with a colorful photo of the finished birdhouse and a list of materials. Small, clear pictures illustrate the step-by-step directions. ((Reviewed April 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
Schwarz gives detailed instruction, with illustrations of the steps and a photo of the finished product, for building nine birdhouses. Each house is suited to a particular species of bird, and the directions for building it are quite thorough. The houses are creative and attractive but require a strong woodworking background and a good assortment of tools for completion. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2005 May
Gr 5-8-Vibrant, artistically designed covers draw children into creative and challenging projects. Hemp includes discussions of the fiber, beads, charms, pendants, clasps, supplies, loops, hanging, taping, pinning, knotting, and more. The 16 projects include bracelets, necklaces, anklets, chokers, earrings, and rings. Birdhouses discusses wood, decorating, general supplies and tools, safety, work surface, clamping, sawing, drilling, and more. The nine eye-catching houses demand skill, patience, and assistance. Many tools and supplies-such as the power drill, epoxy, saw, etc.-require adult handling. Step-by-step, precise color illustrations and attractive photography will aid children in completing projects of varying degrees of difficulty. Most supplies are easily obtainable, but a few may be new to children. Ideas are given for further creativity. Along with Camilla Gryski's Friendship Bracelets (1992), Judy Ann Sadler's Beading (1998, both Kids Can), Ted S. Pettit's Bird Feeders and Shelters You Can Make (Penguin, 1970; o.p.), and Robyn Haus's Make Your Own Birdhouses and Feeders (Ideals, 2001), these titles will be welcome additions to most collections.-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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