From School Library Journal
Grade 3-7-There are many wonderful titles that describe the publishing process for young readers, including some that focus on children producing their own work; Swain's splendid offering is a welcome addition to them. It begins with a brief, well-illustrated history of writing and bookmaking, and then turns to the more pragmatic issues, such as what to write about, planning ahead, and making a dummy. A variety of activities is presented, including paper making, binding and covering books in different ways, and creating pop-ups. The step-by-step directions are clear and explicit, with diagrams and full-color photographs to provide the occasionally necessary clarification. The final section discusses the many different methods of illustration, including handmade print blocks and collage. The bibliography is extensive. This volume will be popular with arts-and-crafts enthusiasts as well as with teachers. Even libraries with an extensive collection on books about books will want it.Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 4^-7. The sections on the history of the book and printing will be accessible to all, but the directions for papermaking are complicated, requiring adult supervision as well as careful planning of work locations. The bookmaking described, however, can be done with standard paper, and the directions for fold-ups, pop-ups, and books with windows will be good for students and teachers wanting to go beyond the basic side-bound book. Far more complex than a rainy-day book, but a good resource for teachers willing to devote the time. Illustrated with black-and-white drawings and full-color photographs. Mary Harris Veeder