SERIES MADE SIMPLE

Awesome Hamster Crafts

. 9781538226308. Yates, Jane. Terrific Bunny Crafts. ISBN 9781538226223.ea vol: 32p. (Get Crafty with Pets!). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Gareth Stevens. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $26.60.
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Gr 3–5—Eleven crafts per volume let readers pamper, play with, and celebrate their animal companions. This well-designed series provides amply illustrated instructions for kids to decorate a picture frame, make a toy, or create a practical item, such as a chew ball to keep a pet bunny from gnawing on all the furniture. Each book includes a technique section at the front (some overlap between volumes), and every craft includes a suggested variation. Techniques and materials are pet-friendly—cardboard or repurposed fabric is sewn, painted, braided, or glued with nontoxic glue. Sidebars reveal genuinely interesting tidbits with a little fancy vocabulary tossed in (bunnies are "crepuscular"). Dog is the standout here, with a real dog modeling some of the crafts (most of the other photos of animals and children are stock).
VERDICT Cute and achievable functional and decorative items. A great addition to crafting collections.

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