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Check out my holiday gift picks for this year – part 1 – part 2!
and now the third installment of my gift picks!
Japanese Paper Toys Kit
By Andrew Dewar
(Kit) – ages 7+
Published by Tuttle Publishing on September 27, 2016
Synopsis from Publisher- Origami Paper Toys Kit is a unique paper craft kit that brings together the of art paper folding and the fun of moveable toys. Amaze your friends as you watch your origami paper creations wiggle, walk, tumble, shuffle and spin right before your eyes! Renowned origami artist and teacher, Andrew Dewar has designed these origami for kids projects to be simple enough to be completed quickly and easily. No need to learn origami folding, painting or cutting—just punch fold and enjoy!
What I Thought- This is definitely a neat book! It goes beyond traditional origami/kirigami (the Japanese art of paper folding/…and with cutting too), including moving parts and a little bit of physics.
The instructions are described very well and laid out in an easy to understand manner.
The creations can be made with the kit contents as well as common items from around the house.
The toys are unique, based off of toys the author had as a young boy. I decided to make one of the easier ones for the purpose of reviewing.
I chose to make the frog and picked the green paper – because frogs are mostly green. Don’t mind my phone, I just used it as a paper weight.
First off, the directions were very clear. That is always, always a plus. To top things off, the paper – which has funky designs – has faint lines that indicate where you fold and when.
I started folding the papers, following the instructions. I saw the paper go from a rectangle into a more froggy-shape.
The steps were mildly difficult at times, but they are explained well, and anyone can do it.
As I put the finishing touches on, this creates the “jumper” of the frog.
The finished product!
Here’s a video of it working!
If you can’t tell already, I really liked this book, and think it a great holiday gift for the crafty folks in your life!
Next up –
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art
Written by Michael Bird
Illustrated by Kate Evans
336 pages – ages 8+
Published by Laurence King Publishing on August 23, 2016
Synopsis from Publisher- An enthralling journey through the story of world art, from early cave paintings right up to the present day. Discover artists and their art around the world, in 68 exciting and imaginative tales about artists and the way they created their work.
Written by educator and art historian Michael Bird, and beautifully illustrated by Kate Evans, the book also features reproductions of the famous artworks discussed, a comprehensive timeline of events, and extra feature spreads on places connected with art.
What I Thought- This is a gorgeous book! The entire book is visually stunning.
The book is not just about van Gogh. It is a kid-friendly study in art history! There are little mini chapters that tell the story behind a certain piece of art that was important in making art where it is today. It includes some of the very first art from 40,000BC to more modern art from 2014 and everything in between.
The book shows a picture of the actual art, but then includes pictures by Kate Evans to help the reader learn about it. All in all, the book is informative, and teaches you about the art in an easy-to-learn way. This is an amazing resource for parents and teachers!
And last but not least –
Adventures in Brambly Hedge
By Jill Barklem
128 pages – ages 6+
Published by HarperCollins on November 6, 2014
Synopis from Publisher- Step into the miniature world of Brambly Hedge in this exquisite slipcase containing four classic picture books!
The mice of Brambly Hedge have many adventures but they always have time for fun too. All through the year, they mark the seasons with feasts and festivities and, of course, the mice never miss an opportunity to meet and celebrate.
This beautifully designed slipcase contains four classic stories following their adventures throughout the year.
What I Thought- My very first thought was that of Beatrix Potter. My second was of Redwall (Brian Jacques). It combines the nice spirits of both. In the stories, the mice are good-role models, working together. The stories are short, and this boxed set takes four of the classic tales.
There are gorgeous illustrations on almost every page, and some that are full page spreads – those ones really take your breath away! The books are all hardcover and a nice size to fit in small hands. This is a nice short story collection, and the books are a nice small size for younger hands. A great gift set for the holidays!