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Reviews - What do customers think about The Children's Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes (Festivals (Hawthorn Press))?
a keeper Mar 3, 2008
I'm so glad I finally purchased this book. I've been borrowing it from our school library for years. This is a must for any parent of especially younger children who wants to know how to make simple beautiful items for their child. There are loads of ideas and items for each season all made from natural materials requiring not much else other than the desire to create!
another empty bookshelf May 5, 2006
this book does not sit on my bookshelf but on my couch sometimes on my rocking chair but for the most part in my hands. it is such a treasure of a craft book well done clear instructions easily read very happy with this purchase! i am new to knitting so i had bought countless learn to knit kits/books stumbled upon this book through this site to find a craft how to knit wool covers.. awesome! it is the first pattern i was able to make that worked! i love the fairy mobile craft as well as the hats for toddlers the rucksack the sewing is easy enough for me a beginner to do :)
Nice but not quite what I wanted. Nov 17, 2005
I found the book "all year round" much more along the lines of what I wanted. Although I do see this staying in my collection as a regular browser :)
The Children's Year: Crafts & Clothes for Children Sep 15, 2001
I love this book!!!!! I have made many of the crafts in this book and have loved everyone. The instructions are really good but they leave some room for thought of your own(the Wadorf way). This book will really make you think about what it is your children are playing with. After handcrafting a doll or a climbing gnome you will see the reaction from your children or others. Eyes bright and full of curiousity will inspire you to make more and more of your own toys rather than store bought imitations.
From the back cover: Jun 7, 2001
Creative handbook may give joy and satisfaction to adults and children alike. Here is a book relating the making-of-things to the seasons; taking the reader through Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter with appropriate toys and gifts to create, with full, clear instructions and illustrations. Designs and patterns for children's clothing are included, particularly meant to be made of natural fabrics to let the child's body breathe while growing. There are soft itens for play and beauty, and there are firm wooden ones; moving toys such as balancing birds or climbing gnomes; horses which move when you add children to them! From wooly hats to play houses, mobiles or dolls, here are over 100 potential treasures to make in seasonal groupings.
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.