Submitter: This book is horribly dated, with black and white photographs and illustrations. I don’t think these crafts are particularly accessible for persons with disabilities, either. There are many more current craft books available, as well as numerous web pages with suggestions for adapting crafts to different ability levels.
Holly: This title reminds me of this old post, which is actually one of our most popular posts ever. Craft books with adaptations are a wonderful idea for public libraries, but something written in this decade, let alone this millennium, would be best. Pinterest is a good resource for this type of thing if you can’t find more current books. In fact, Pinterest is probably even better because you can specify the disability.
I was all set to make fun of the cover and was prepared for a book about some crafts from plastic eggs, or maybe something straight out of the trash. This book is a bit more arty than I would have guessed from the cover and title of “fun crafts”. The crafts in this book were not what I expected. Instead of some kind of toilet cozy to knit, there were discussions and instructions on some serious looking baskets, metalwork, and wood carving. I am not sure this book qualifies as “fun” since there are some serious supplies and skills needed for the projects. (I am in no position to offer up an opinion on the relative “fun” of these crafts.) I do think this is an example of the cover and title do not reflect the book’s audience. It seemed a bit thin on skills and directions to be an actual manual for instruction, but too complex for an amateur.It did have that oh-so-groovy late 60s modern art vibe though.
I Can Use Tools
Kesselman and Peterson
I am all about maker type materials and info for kids in the public library setting. This book is pretty basic and does outline the most common tools. Good idea. However, the more I looked at this book, the more creeped out I became because of the illustrations of the kids. What is with the eyes and the duck-like faces? Then it was the hands in the picture below. I thought the hands were completely out of proportion and then I thought she had 6 fingers until I looked closely. Just no.
Text is fine, it is just these creepy kids. (They will probably grow up to be professional clowns.)