Monday, June 25, 2012

Staff Pick: Everything Alice

Everything Alice 
by Hannah Read-Baldrey & Christine Leech

This whimsical book has crafts and recipes that revolve around an Alice in Wonderland theme, sure to please crafty children and adults that like tea parties and all things Alice. The book starts off with information about the authors and a bit of history about Lewis Carroll, but quickly dives into the crafts, recipes, paper dolls, and games.

Time for Tea Jewelry shows the reader how to make a charming bracelet, earrings, and necklace set using a dollhouse tea set, while the Mad Hatter Hats sections gives step-by-step instructions on how to make five fun hats. There are paper dolls of Alice and the white rabbit to print and dress up. Other highlights include tea set invitations, playing card bunting, and giant rose lights. Some crafts do require sewing skills, but there are plenty here that do not. Instructions along with lovely photographs, templates, and a resource guide are all included. Note: a child would need the help of an adult to accomplish most of the activities.

Verdict: creative, fun, fanciful book that will please any Alice in Wonderland fan.

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