Using the colorful and clean medium of polymer clay,
child-friendly instructor Kris Richards shows children
ages eight and older how to make little animal figures.
("Sculpting" is something of a misnomer, for
the creatures are made by rolling and shaping balls
of clay in the hands.)
Beginning with a list of basic supplies, Richards includes
prudent safety points both at the outset and all through
the tape (such as "Go out and get your grownup
— you'll need them to help make the next tool.")
She demonstrates how to make a bear, cat, rabbit, spider,
caterpillar, snake and turtle, all introduced in logical
sequence as one set of skills builds on the next. Children's
libraries should note that the caterpillar could very
easily be given eyeglasses instead of eyebrows and become
a "bookworm" for craft time.
Given the charming, colorful projects, Richard's cheery
presentation style, and the excellent close ups that
are hallmarks of the Polymer Clay Series (see Imitating
Metal CL-7/98) and Potpourri of Techniques (VL-3/98),
most libraries will want to purchase. Highly recommended.