- Series: Lifeways S.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Hawthorn Pr (1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1869890000
- ISBN-13: 978-1869890001
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Children's Year: Crafts & Clothes for Children and Parents to Make Paperback – 1986
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That said, it is not for beginners. People who aren't used to working with their hands won't get much help here. It's definitely intended for folks who are already part of the DIY ethos.
-- SO MANY ideas, OMG!
-- lots of advice for how to customize or tweak projects
-- many projects use natural materials or encourage upcycling
-- projects cover a range of ages and interests-- from baby mobiles and musical instruments to clothes for older kids and outdoor/active play structures
-- projects are arranged by season, which incorporates easily with a Waldorf-style nature-inspired philosophy, and also makes sourcing the natural materials a bit easier
-- uses the Christian calendar. There's no prostelytizing, but there is a lot of emphasis on Easter and Christmas (including detailed instructions for a nativity/creche in the "winter" section) and a few other minor holidays
-- instructions are written and have some hand-drawn diagrams, but if you need more than that, I guess you'd have to resort to Google
-- most patterns and templates (where given) are not full-size, so you'll have to scan/copy and enlarge
-- no index-- if you want to find all the projects related to a certain topic or material, you have to skim through the whole book
-- some culturally appropriative oversimplifications (e.g., Huichol-style god's eyes are simply described as Mexican Easter decorations)
-- paperback and "perfect" bound, meaning the book itself may not hold up to adventurous or constant use
It's not for everyone, and it's not perfect, but for my family? It's a boredom-buster, a near-constant source of inspiration for birthday presents, and sure to be used hard.
You needn't be an experienced craftsperson to create something lovely, and the illustrations make it a joy to page through while choosing what to make first. "The Children's Year" offers handwork for all ages and individualities; it reminds us of the process of creating as opposed to merely consuming, and all this in the contect of nature's rhythm through the year.