Grade 3-6-Instructions for making a 6-inch minibear and a 16-inch hugging bear require such standard items as scissors, needle and thread, and paper for tracing patterns. Neither a sewing machine nor a sewing background is needed. The "Illustrated Stitch Dictionary & How-to Guide" (whipstitch, appliqu?, etc.) and index make the book user-friendly. The patterns are clearly drawn and easily traced. The instructions are not daunting, although children need the dexterity to handle scissors and needles. The little bear is flat; the larger bear is a tad more difficult to make as it is three-dimensional and requires greater effort and thought. And then the true fun begins-dressing the toys. The patterns for the articles of clothing are also no-sew or sew-easy. For young readers who love bears and who like crafts, this book is unbearably good. Indeed it does offer a "Quick Start."-Jennifer J. Gallant, formerly at Cleveland Public Library, OH
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" ... a well-written book. It is broken down so simply anyone can follow along." -- American Bookseller
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