This is a delightful book, brimming over with lovely things to do with children and ideas for presents for babies. The central idea is that is if children are given nasty plastic toys and computer games to play with their artistic side will be stunted, but if they are presented with beautiful antiques or things made especially for them, they will treat them with the care they deserve and appreciate them. As Caroline Zoob says, nothing is too good to be given to a child.
I do feel it is worth adding a note of caution which is perhaps missing from the book, that, as with anything that a child might come into contact with, it is essential to be sure that it is entirely safe and that there are no sharp edges or items that could be swallowed, come loose or otherwise do harm.
The photography by Caroline Arber is lovely, the colours are beautifully reproduced and, with full colour images on almost every page, you cannot help but be inspired by Caroline's ideas.
The book is arranged around ten projects that you can make yourself, with clear easy-to-follow instructions and lists of the materials and equipments needed. They involve appliqué, painting, cross stitch and various techniques which are explained in a separate chapter at the end. The text guides you as to which of the projects really need previous expertise and which can be made by the complete novice.
The text is interspersed with interesting tales of Caroline’s own childhood which seems to have consisted of a whistle-stop world tour, and appropriate quotations from her favourite authors. There is also a useful list of stockists which should lead you on many a happy shopping expedition.
Perfect either as a coffee-table book, or a series of ideas for projects. Recommended