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123 I Can Collage! (Starting Art) Hardcover – March 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: Starting Art
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554533139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554533138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irene Luxbacher has created yet another exemplary how-to art book for young children.

About the Author

Irene Luxbacher is an artist and the author-illustrator of The Jumbo Book of Art, The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art, the Starting Art series and Mattoo, Let's Play! She also illustrated The Imaginary Garden for Kids Can Press. She lives in Toronto.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on September 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I would describe myself as a person who has very little imagination. Naturally, this means I lack the ability to mastermind clever little art projects for my children to complete. Luckily for them, I'm great at following directions and fairly resourceful at locating the good ideas of others.

The Starting Art series by Irene Luxbacher contains some of our very favorite craft books. They are well laid out, easy to use and full of cute ideas. It does make me feel a teensy bit bad when I see how simple an idea is and at the same time know with certainty that I would never, ever have come up with it. The very first page gives a simple explanation of collage: art you make by gluing paper, photographs and other colorful things onto another piece of paper. Um, I can do that! They then provide a list of materials (complete with photos!) you will need. These are all very basic craft supplies such as white glue, markers, scissors and scraps of paper. Immediately following are the plans for seven great undersea creatures you can construct - flying fish, octopus, whale, crab, starfish family, turtle and a sea dragon.
Although the seven projects shares a common theme, there is a fair amount of variance, so you don't feel like you're making the same project several times over. The flying fish requires many circles of different colored paper for the scales, while the octopus calls for long strips of torn paper for his legs. The whale is my favorite, because it is made to be whimsical instead of trying to be realistic.

The instructions for each project are very clear cut, with helpful step-by-step illustrations. While you are following a basic template, your own project will be personalized based on the materials you chose to use and skill level.
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I love the "123..." art series. I have them all and am using them for my first grader's art program this year. The pictures/photos are colorful and illustrate the directions clearly. The projects are fun, whimsical, and creative. Best of all, they don't require a king's ransom in supplies, they're fairly easy to complete, and the end product is awesome. I love the little tidbits of information tucked away on each page (technical art terms, definitions, etc). This really is a fantastic series -- I highly recommend them all! You can view samples of each book at the author's website (click on each book and you can view a free lesson from it.)
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