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Organic Crafts by Kimberly Monaghan
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Apr 16, 09

bookshelves: crafty, youth
Read in April, 2009

Organic Crafts is possibly the hugest let-down I have ever witnessed in a craft book. Although shelved in the youth section and boasting a colorful exterior, it is more a lesson in "not judging a book by its cover," than on any craft techniques. There is more text here than in the King James Version of the Bible, and I think even the Bible tosses an illustration in more than once every several pages. It is obvious that the book would require heavy supervision (and possibly translation) from an adult, and I'm guessing a lot of grown-ups would have trouble understanding some of the information (think fast: is table salt "uniodized?"). I like that the author makes a special statement about not picking flowers in National Parks, but fails to mention State Parks or other areas in need of conservation. It is clear that the goal of the text is to educate, but I think it misses the mark in terms of hooking kids' interest, because even as an adult, I thought it was a snoozer.

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