Reviews for Musical Instruments

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
[diff. ill by2=Diff. photographs by]Each volume presents examples of crafts made around the world, then offers six simple items inspired by these goods that children can make (mostly using recycled materials). The directions allow for easy replication, while information about the crafts provides a window into world cultures. Somewhat busy page design can be forgiven, as the colorful close-up photographs provide such interesting details. Glos., ind. [Review covers these World of Design titles: Bags and Purses, Bowls and Boxes, Festival Decorations, Masks, Musical Instruments, and Toys and Models.] Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Library Media Connection Reviews 2010 October
While colorful photographs and interesting information abound in this series, I?m not sure of its need in a school library. While each subject is explored in detail, not enough information is provided to make the books useful for research. Each book does a beautiful job of showcasing artwork from various countries, but the series is not organized enough for a teacher to focus on any particular country. Some fantastic craft ideas are included, but they are a bit complicated for younger students and classroom use. Additional Selection. Lynn Christiansen, Librarian, Oree Bozman Intermediate School, Conroe, Texas [Editor?s Note: The reviewer did not see the title Bags and Purses.] ¬ 2010 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 April

Gr 3-8-Read, make. Read, make. That's the pattern for these colorful and interesting books that mix cultural history with wonderful do-it-yourself projects from all over the world. A spread on the history, significance, and use of a type of item-say, a puppet-is immediately followed by instructions for making one. Materials include items from the recycling bin (plastic bottles, boxes) and the yard (twigs), but also specialty craft supplies such as air-drying clay and laminated cotton fabric. Techniques are mostly simple-cutting, gluing, painting-but some projects require sewing or papier mch, and crafters will need help from an adult.

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