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Medieval Costumes Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls) Paperback – February 1, 1996

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One of the leading authorities on fashion history, Tom Tierney created over 150 paper doll books for Dover Publications. With subjects ranging from U.S. Presidents to popular movie stars, Mr. Tierney's books are famous for being carefully researched and meticulously rendered. His releases are prized by fashion professionals, collectors, and paper doll lovers all over the world.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 8
  • Series: Dover Paper Dolls
  • Paperback: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Paper Dolls edition (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486289257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486289250
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Yoder on October 12, 2010
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We are doing a Unit Study of Medieval history. This has allowed my younger children to have their hands busy while I do a lot of read-alouds. They have studied and compared the head gear, under garments, and cloaks of all the different classes and societies.I would recommend the castle building and all the other paper dolls to go with it.
This has been a wonderful support to our study!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Garlen on November 2, 2001
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This paper doll book is great for teachers or people who enjoy the study of medieval culture and the history of costume. Tierney's drawings are lavish and nicely detailed, with a variety of costume styles for different classes and eras. Teachers will find these dolls a great visual aid for teaching students about the Middle Ages, and all readers will find the accompanying notes helpful and informative. This is a great series, and these books are well worth the price!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chrijeff VINE VOICE on October 6, 2012
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Between his coloring books and his History of Costume paper-doll series, Tom Tierney's Dover effusions cover the dress of societies ranging from Ancient Egypt to the late Victorian era. This one provides eight pages of costumes for a young noble couple of the approximate era 1200-1350 (without mass media, fashion changed very slowly), including such garments (explained in the liner notes) as the chainse, bliaud, cyclas, surcoat, cotehardie, wimple and gorget, chaperon and liripipe, houppelande, pelicon, tabard, and knightly armor, shown in full color and minute detail. Though its focus isn't deep, the book will definitely give you a good basic idea of how people of the era dressed and why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Divina Fuentes on December 11, 2012
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I bought this to do some research for a story I am writing. I was impressed with the variety of costumes in the book - there are at least 10 outfits for each doll, plus accessories and information. The little white spaces on some of the costumes were annoying, but easily disposed of with a craft knife.
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High quality paper dolls. The historical dolls are a really wonderful way to help kids really visualize history I really enjoy this set because it includes male figures for the paper dolls (usually a girl only sphere)

I have made permanent paper doll stands from railings available from places like Home Depot or Lowes). If you have access to a table saw you can cut a groove into the top of the rounded part of the railing. I have found that 2" to 2-1/2" in length is good. Stain & varnish if you like. These really help to keep the dolls standing up & makes actual play more fun for children.
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The book is excellent. The costumes are finely detailed. There are two paper dolls included. The only negative thing is that it doesn't have perforated, precut pages and the tabs that hold the clothes on (in theory) are not large enough or sturdy enough to hold the costumes on in reality. The small tabs and finely detailed costume edges were difficult for my daughter to cut out and about halfway through the book she gave up. This book would have benefited from being printed on thicker paper to make things sturdier. Having said that the costumes are beautiful. Four and half stars.
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We used these to supplement our studies of the Middle Ages. These are pretty much typical to most paper doll sets--lovely costumes. Do be aware that costumes and dolls must be cut out with scissors and this does take some time.
My girls, 6 and 8, both like them.
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As a collector it is nice to have a well rounded collection so I now am adding some paper dolls to that collection.
I ordered several books and received all in good condition and quickly!
Thank You!
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