Item description for The Buck Book: All Sorts of Things to do with a Dollar Bill-Besides Spend It by Anne Akers Johnson...
Overview Depicts unique uses for a buck, such as folding it into a fully functional ring, creating tiny elephants, and making an official Buffalo Bill badge
Publishers Description Klutz-clear instructions for folding seven dollar bill creations, from the all-time favorite Dollar Bill Ring to the Amazing Pachyderm. Packaged with a real-live dollar bill. Fold it Don't spend it
Comes With: a crisp, new one-dollar bill. Honest
- Create wonderful things - Be good - Have fun
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.55" Width: 7.15" Height: 0.35" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Binding Spiral Bound
Release Date Aug 1, 1993
Publisher Klutz Press
ISBN 187825751X ISBN13 9781878257512
Availability 0 units.
More About Anne Akers Johnson
Anne Akers Johnson is the author of "Braids and Bows, Hair Wraps," and "Hemp Bracelets.,"
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Buck Book: All Sorts of Things to do with a Dollar Bill-Besides Spend It?
my review of The Buck Book versus The Joy of Origami Sep 7, 2008
I bought both 'The Buck Book' and 'The Joy of Origami'. The illustrations in 'The Buck Book' were a lot more easy to follow than the directions/illustrations in 'The Joy of Origami' by Margaret Van Sicken. In 'The Buck Book' there is an actual size dollar bill which makes it a lot easier to make the folds as you can line up the bill you are working on with the one in the book. I made all the folds after a lot of patience and practice. I am only a beginner origami folder. 'The Joy Of Origami' definitely leaves a lot to the imagination and I would not recommend it for a beginner.
Not what I expected Jul 5, 2008
I was hoping for a step-by-step detailed description of how to fold the dollar, instead I had to pass this book to my brother who is an expert in folding the buck to use this book. But even he found some of the directions difficult to understand. There also weren't that many ideas suggested in this book. There are more ideas for folding the buck online than offered in this book.
A great intro to origami... May 2, 2008
Having been at the beginner level of origami for many years--that is, I follow the ideas in the books and don't create my own--I have at least 30 books on subjects from origami boxes to modular (unit) origami to money origami. This is one of the best introductions to origami in general. Dollar bills are made of excellent paper with printing on them that helps you get oriented with the diagrams in the book. The projects make great gifts (and tips at restaurants, of course).
This book does not introduce you to the variety of "folds" (such as the outside-reverse fold and the rabbit fold) that are the vocabulary of the mainstream origami books, but eases you into the basics (including the inside-reverse fold without labeling it as such). You will enjoy the transition of your ordinary one-dollar bill into these little origami models, which are mostly three-dimensional (many origami books have you sweating and, 47 folds later, ending up with a flat two-dimensional depiction of some insect). Go to other books if this one inspires you to become an origamist. Or just stay here and have fun. And yes I know that insect origami seems to be viewed with a certain amount of reverence, but you get animals in this book also.
When you have folded your masterpiece, origami is fun in that you can unfold it and practice it again until you have it memorized, very useful for when you want to leave a "Dime-In-Ring" as a tip (this project will cost you $1.10--a bill and a dime).
I would not hand the book to a young child, as the activies probably work best with an adult helping those under 10 years old. The adult should have completed the model first.
I would recommend getting a bunch of new crisp bills from your bank. Ask the bank when they come in, as the book says they usually arrive around January. Just in case the US government has any plans to change the pattern on the one-dollar bill, that's another reason to hoard some of the old ones. However, bills that are fairly crisp but not necessarily brand new work very well, and you can find these regularly in change handed to you. When you receive nice crisp bills in change from a store, hand over a $5 bill and get five more crisp ones.
Lastly, as commented on already, the humor and the little facts about money are quite entertaining. Typical "Klutz book" excellence.
PS Another book, also on an origami specialty but also for the serious beginner who wants to produce fun and useable projects is "Wings and Things: Origami That Flies."
Great fun! Dec 30, 2007
I got this for my 11 year old son. He already had some origami experience and really enjoyed it. He easily did the the first few projects, but had a little difficulty with the elephant and the peacock. After we looked at it closer, we were able to figure it out with little trouble. The book is very well written (and illustrated) and the projects are very clever. My son's main problem was that he was just using the pictures and wasn't taking the time to also read the directions. The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat while you work with the dollar. There are also fun facts included. All-in-all, it is entertaining and well worth the money. I only wish there had been a few more shapes to make.
Buck Book Nov 19, 2007
Very cute book--fun for all ages, or for all ages of people with a little patience.