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How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids (Usborne Activities) Paperback – 9 Oct 2004


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd (9 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074606361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746063613
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 0.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dottymama on 18 Nov. 2010
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I bought this book for my 6-year-old daughter, who loves drawing and loves fairies and mermaids. However, despite being called 'How to draw Fairies and Mermaids' this is more of a sticker activity book than a 'how to draw' book. There are a few pages with step-by-step instructions for drawing, but most of the book is filled with ideas for painting, collage, and other craft projects. There is nothing wrong with that of course (and the sticker pages are nice) it's just not what I was expecting from a 'how to draw' book. This one will be going in the present cupboard and I'll have to look again for a book for my daughter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arachne202 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2012
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My 5-year-old daughter made off with this book and "How To Draw Princesses and Ballerinas" while I was still unpacking my Amazon package. When I found her again, she was already on the floor with her coloured pencils, following the instructions for drawing.

I got these books because she draws all the time, but was getting very frustrated that her little fingers are not yet making pictures at Da Vinci standard, and she wouldn't listen when I told her it will come with time, and then the howling and tossing papers on the floor would begin......

This book (and its companion) break down how to draw figures into a few basic shapes and lines, using step-by-step pictures that my daughter has no problem following. The fairies and mermaids depicted range from the small and cute to the more tall and graceful in style. There are suggestions for using other media like foil pressed on a cheesegrater for mermaids' tails, paper dolls holding hands etc. that my daughter is also following up of her own accord. And in the centre are two pages of stickers for decorating the artworks with.

There have been no more thwarted artist tantrums since these books have arrived. Thank you, Usborne.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thais on 18 Dec. 2011
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It gives the feeling of "I can do it too" to small girls...the drawings are very easy to be made and improves their self-confidence!
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By Elizabeth Bennett on 23 Dec. 2013
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This is a super book for mermaid mad girls that also like to draw. This I s about getting the effect rather than perfect technique and ideal for youngsters starting to do their own drawings and stepping up from colouring books. Super!
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The book arrived promptly but the bottom of the pages were glued together from being wet/damp before. I've returned the item and expect the credit will be sorted promptly too.
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Very complex pictures to draw - not in line with the other 'how to draw' books which are aimed at younger children. Also took over a year to arrive!
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