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Fun and festive summer crafts : tie-dyed shirts, bug cages, and sand castles
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In summer, the weather is hot, school is out, and people have picnics and barbecues. Readers follow easy step-by-step instructions to create unique crafts as they learn about summer. Readers will discover a Hawaiian myth about the long days of summer and the scientific reason we have a summer season. They'll also read about symbols, holidays, and special events that take place during this fun-filled time of year and get creative.
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Gr 2-4-Each of these slender volumes is introduced with a story about the season from Chinese, Hawaiian, Abenaki, or Greek tradition, followed by a scientific explanation and some information about holidays and typical activities. Unfortunately, the myth is the best part of the book. There are a few inventive crafts (a snowman rod puppet with a working mouth, baby birds made of modeling clay and clothespins), but most of the eight projects in each volume are old chestnuts (tie-dye, paper masks, pinecone turkey). Materials rely heavily on craft store purchases-craft foam, Styrofoam balls, modeling clay-and instructions, while verbose in places, gloss over details in others ("Sculpt a base for the snow globe from air-drying clay and let it harden." Young crafters will need help copying and enlarging the templates provided for many projects. Though these crafts are lackluster overall, they might be good for classroom use. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Summer!p. 4
1Watermelon Refrigerator Magnetp. 6
2Permanent Sand Castle10
3Poster Board Hand Fanp. 14
4Bug Maskp. 18
5Bug Cage22
6Stamped Pennantp. 26
7Fish Rod Puppetp. 30
8Tie-Dyed T-Shirtp. 34
Read Aboutp. 45
(Books and Internet Addresses)
Indexp. 47
About the Authorp. 48
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