Grade 3 Up This book attempts to inspire more than instruct readers in the construction of animals out of styrofoam egg cartons. There are no step-by-step procedures, just black-and-white photos illustrating the projects. Haas gives some suggestions in the beginning of the book as to finishing the animalschanging the cut shapes somewhat with finer pressure, using hot water and sticks to make marks on the styrofoam. But he leaves all of this up to individual crafters for each subsequent animal, not letting on how he got his zebras to look so sculptural, or his leopards so bronzelike. All he gives for each of these animals is a beautiful color photograph of his finished work, a description of what that animal is like in nature, then two or three photos of the animal drawn within the egg carton and then cut out. There is no mention of how to fold or twist or exert the ``finger pressure'' to get the animal to the final picture form. Because of this lack of directions the book fails as a ``how to'' book, and because there are many more complete descriptions of these animals in nature elsewhere, it fails in this regard as well. It succeeds only, perhaps, in its beautiful color photographs exhibiting the finished ``sculptures'' (for that's what they are). These might inspire readers to try their hand, however only the cleverest and handiest will meet with success. Patricia Homer, Lowville Academy, N.Y.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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