Buffalo Grove author/illustrator Gail Green is published in both YA and adult non-fiction. She is the author/illustrator of ANIMALS AND TEENS: THE ULTIMATE TEEN GUIDE (Scarecrow Press, February 2009) and 2 “how-to” craft books. A passionate animal lover, she is also the creative mastermind for the “Sweet PETatoes” brand seen on products nationwide.
Green is a skilled presenter specializing in classroom/small group programs, presentations and workshops about animals and a variety of creative topics including drawing enrichment, craft techniques and licensing. Green has taught classes and presented programs to home and public school groups, scout troops and private groups in NW Chicago suburbia and trade shows nationwide. Green’s dynamic presentations empower her audience to develop their creative abilities while also helping children of all ages celebrate the wonder of the human-animal bond.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.
Paper Artist: Creations Kids Can Fold, Tear, Wear or Share is a wonderful craft book for young readers and adults. There are some really unique yet creative paper ideas included in the book. The book was well written and included illustrations of what the finished product should look like. Since this book is catered towards young readers, I think that it should have included step by step illustrations to go along with the instructions as many people learn better visually then just being told or given written instructions. The projects included in the book are however fun to create and not all that difficult. Overall, I think that the author did a wonderful job. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys crafting of any kind and wants an unique project to do.
Note: I read an electronic advanced reader's edition of this book, so some of the things I point out in this review may not pertain to the final print version.
This book had some interesting ideas, but I had several issues with it: 1. It's geared toward kids, but some of the techniques seem too advanced for the intended age range. 2. The only pictures are of the finished products. 3. The instructions are sometimes vague, and since there are no instructional pictures, you are left guessing as to what you're supposed to do. 4. Several of the projects are too similar, so it seems that some of the projects are repeated. 5. The materials lists do not always match up with the instructions list. For example, to make your own paper, the materials list does not indicate that the project requires a blender, but once you get a few steps in, you realize you need one. I'm the kind of person who looks at the materials list first to see if I have the proper tools for the job. It is frustrating to get started on a project and realize you don't have what you need to finish it. 6. It's hard to imagine a real-world usage for some of the projects. For example, one of the projects is a paper coverlet for your bed. What the...??
Overall, I'd say this would be a good book to browse through to pick up a few ideas, but I would not recommend purchasing it.
Este libro de manualidades se basa en cosas hechas con papel tanto decorativas, como complementos de ropa y bisutería, cositas de regalo...
Está indicado, como dice el título, para niños de 9 a 13 años aunque más bien creo que es para disfrutarlas y hacerlas en familia... Y la verdad es que a mí lo de las edades nunca me ha parado a la hora de ver y usar un libro de este tipo.
Debo reconocer que está bien redactado, que los paso a paso están bien descritos y que tiene grandes fotos a color de las manualidades (abajo os pongo una foto de algunas de las manualidades) pero le pondría un gran PERO y es que yo le pondría fotos de algunos de los pasos a seguir para algunas de las manualidades que no me quedan muy claras.
Pero por lo demás es perfecto, para estar en inglés tiene las medidas también descritas en centímetros y trae una foto de todos los materiales que se van a usar (aunque normalmente esta clase de libros también los traen).
¿Recomiendo viajar por estas manualidades? ¡Claro! A todas las personas que le gusten las manualidades les gustará probar algunas cosas nuevas que crear.
¿Algo bueno? La originalidad de algunas de las manualidades porque son cosas que nunca me plantearía hacerlas en papel.
¿Algo malo? Que algunas de las manualidades no quedan muy claras en los pasos a seguir (o es que a lo mejor yo soy muy torpe...XD)
This book has a mixture of beautiful paper crafts and some very odd creations. The often complex step by step instructions are all text with no pictures, which would make it very difficult for a child to follow on their own. Even adults could have a hard time deciphering many of these projects.
A brief description of the contents: paper rosettes on a skirt (?), and 'interesting' paper curls on a head band, a necklace made with baking cups, a beautiful paper decorated belt, an interesting beaded bracelet, paper covered shoes (?!), a nice vase, an odd contraption made from rolled cuttings from a magazine, cute photo cubes with your photos, cool corrugated bookends, beautiful handmade paper stationery, and stunning paper lanterns.
A sample of the instructions: Step 2, Paper Purse "Hold two card stock sheets together, pattern sides facing down. Use paper clips to keep the sheets together. Measure 1 inch (2.5 cm) from each top corner and make a mark. Then measure 2.5 inches (6.4cm) from the middle of the top edge. Makea mark there too. Draw a half circle from one edge mark to the other, with the deepest part reaching the middle mark. Cut along your pencil line. This is the top of the purse."
Not sure a child would understand this without a diagram.
I'm not sure what new stuff this book brings to the table. The book's geared towards kids and the title says "Creations Kids Can Fold, Tear, Wear, or Share"... My question is HOW will kids know what to do if you don't show them? It'd be easier for the adults and kids to just watch a youtube video showing what to do instead of a really good picture of the finished project (which defeats the purpose of the book in my opinion)
The projects are nothing that I haven't seen in other crafts books. In the beginning the book tells us that we just need paper and not a lot of additional stuff but almost all projects require (expensive) craft material. Now, they wouldn't be expensive if you were about to start a business and bought supplies in bulk off ebay but for kids experimentations, I imagine the cost would be considerable.
It's still a good book for inspiration if your kids are crafty and if handled properly can be used a means for the parents and kids to bond as the kids can do the folding, tearing and the parents can do the magic and make pretty things out of it.
*Read the full review at my Book Blog Here. * Cooking and crafting are two of my my favorite hobbies and the cover of this book itself had tempted me so much that I found myself pressing 'Request' even before I could realize! It has made me fall in love with glue, paper and scissors again! While the book talks about some common paper arts, there are some really cool and innovative. Some of my favorites are photo ornaments, frames, lanterns, handmade papers etc. But one thing to mention as a con is that the book often contain ideas that may be a bit difficult for kids in real. For example, using paper mold and all without an adult guidance seems to me to be a bit risky. In addition, I wish there were more pictures of the step-by step progress to an idea. I mean it's obviously easier for me to understand what's going on by just reading out the steps but I don't think it will be the same for a kid.Overall, it is a wonderful book to have or give as a gift to any little buddy of yours, but in the latter case make sure an adult is there to keep an eye!
Paper Artist is a one stop instruction book for all things paper. There are 53 projects that range from jewelry, garlands, lanterns, a paper purse, and much much more! There are plenty of projects to keep everyone busy creating fun and personal items to keep or give away.
While I really like this book I feel that the target audience is more Teen to Adult rather than younger kids. The instructions are words only and not step by step pictorial instruction. This makes it a bit more difficult for younger children to follow along. In addition, the instructions rarely include patterns and often require the user to create their own from measurements. At times the instructions are very vague and only show the finished project. Based on these issues I would not recommend it to anyone under 13.
This would be a great book for a Teen library collection and would even be successful in the adult stacks. I am a bit disappointed that I can't purchase it for my Elementary library because the instructions are way above the intended audience.
This book was SO MUCH FUN!!! I love using paper for scrapbooking and making cards, but now I have new earrings, a purse and I'm in the process of making my daughter Indi her name all done up in colorful paper. Speaking of Indi, she's the one who helped me make my new PAPER purse. According to Miss Diva herself, "this book is easy". I know it's says for ages 9-13, but I'm well over that and I still had fun folding and gluing....I got to put to use lots of my old magazines laying around. You would think some of the things in the book were made differently, I mean they look so professional.....But once you get going yours look just as good....Even better because YOU did it.
I recommend this book for all the families that want to make some really awesome things with all that left over paper....Lets be ECO friendly this summer and let the kids have fun!!!
Wow is this book difficult! I don't know a single kid who is capable of recreating these projects.
Some of the ideas are appealing to kids while others are purely quirky décor focused which is right up an adult's alley. Some of the projects just made me scratch my head and wonder why you'd want to make a paper coverlet? Or even a paper scarf?
Materials required for each project aren't your run of the mill art supplies you already have on hand; be prepared for tons of specialty paper required and specific tools for cutting each variation.
Overall, materials are pricey, projects are time-consuming, and require advanced paper-handling skills. The photos make the projects appealing, but much more so for the adults who spend a lot of time on Pinterest.
On the positive side this book has wonderful ideas and good pictures of the end projects. The main problem is that this is a craft book geared toward kids but doesn't have the extra pictures or any clarifying information to make the steps as simple as possible. Likewise some/a lot of projects seem much more geared toward adults. With that in mind most projects require precise and careful precision to make things correctly that either children will need help with or have done for them.
This book includes directions for many great paper activities. I'm excited to use some of these crafts for my library's afternoon crafts for kids and teens 11+. There were also some weird duds- a paper blanket?- but overall the crafts were higher quality than the average kids' craft book. The complexity of the crafts and the instructions suggest that this book would be best for teens or for adults planning crafts for kids. I don't think that many young children would be able to complete this activities without some explanation and assistance from an adult.
I'm always looking for great new craft books and the "Paper Artist" is amazing. Even though this was a childrens craft book, I can see myself making many of the projects. The setup of the book is great, it has pictures to show some of the step and the completed project. This makes creating the projects much easier with having something visual to see. Also each craft is only at the most 12 steps, which makes them seem not as complicated for kids to follow (and adults). The Paper Artist would make a great add to any crafters book collect!
"Fold it! Tear it! Share it! Wear it!" This book contains numerous ideas for everything from jewelery to hats and picture frames to wind-chimes. The crafts vary in difficulty from easy to quite complex so there is something for everyone though most will require some form of adult supervision. The The materials lists and directions are quite clear and the colorful photos are fabulous. If you are looking for unique and creative crafts to give as gifts then definitely check out this book.
Cute creations of varying skill levels will inspire kids & adults to use paper in new ways. There are wonderful photographs and the instructions seem clear enough, however many of the crafts are a bit more challenging and geared towards older kids, and some require quilling.
this is a great book with very cool projects. it sacrifices instruction for format on more than one occasion though. making sure that all the instructions fit one page with the accompanying photo was sometimes a mistake. i would have liked a bit more clarity. i do think it was cool though and will probably still buy it for my paper making friends who might not need as much instruction as me.
A fun craft book for you and your child to work on together. The instructions are geared a little more towards grownups, or at least where grown up help may be needed. The ideas are creative and fun and perfect for filling time with great family activities during the long summer days.