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Toys (Crafts from Many Cultures)
Toys (Crafts from Many Cultures)
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Author : Meryl Doney
Publisher : Gareth Stevens Publishing
ISBN# : 9780836840483
Pages : 32
Price :INR 1705
Offer Price:INR 1517
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Book Description

Throughout history, children in every part of the world have played with toys. Some toys are as simple as the bone whistles of the Stone Age, and some are complicated puzzles and games, but all toys have value because children love to play. Travel the world from Belarus to Senegal and beyond, then try making a Haitian stone creature, a Guatemalan worry doll, a Polish cart and horse, or any of nine other fascinating toys from many cultures.


Explains how to make toys such as bottletop snakes, apple dolls, and minikites from many different countries.

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Toys is an attractive volume in the "Crafts of Many Cultures" series, which describes a variety of crafts from peoples of many geographic areas. Young readers and adults will find historical information about the folk arts as well as directions for making some items themselves. Parents or teachers will need to help in both assembling and using the materials and tools listed at the beginning of the book. Toys features intriguing color pictures (with a small map showing the region of origin) and directions for making twelve toys, from simple painted rock creatures from Haiti to much more complex wire toys from Zimbabwe. Many of them are quite charming; for example, the brightly painted aardvark with a bobbing head, the red wriggly snake, matryoshka dolls from Belarus, and a wire bicycle drummer (definitely advanced). Although the toys will surely appeal to younger children, making them requires fairly sophisticated hand and eye coordination; adults will need to help with such tools as hammers, hand drills, varnish, and craft knives. Older students with some experience may be able to complete a few, but most should be done with direction and supervision at home or in art and social studies classes. Adult artists, too, can enjoy creating gifts or objects of folk art inspired by these designs. Each volume has a glossary listing books and websites with further information on making traditional toys. 2004 (orig. 1995), Gareth Stevens, Ages 8 up.


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