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Favourite Toys - Cuddly Toys and Dolls to Make
Favourite Toys - Cuddly Toys and Dolls to Make
by Jean Greenhowe
Edition: Hardcover

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fires the imagination, 15 Jan 2010
The copy I have was first published in 1985, and perhaps the toys in it are not the toys you would find today in a playroom, but they are delightful and well worth the effort - perhaps almost too good for small children in some cases! Some instructions are detailed others are less so - the more imagination you have the better and some could definitely be done by a capable eight year old upwards. Good projects to work together or to make as heirlooms. Ideas for dolls house fanatics as well! This is NOT just a stuffed toy and doll book.

A hard back, no dust jacket, book with 140 pages:

Introduction/Chapter One: pp11 - 17; Tips for Toymakers - safety, equipment, measurements, patterns, fabrics use of and working with, colouring cheeks, hair, stuffing, attaching a head or limbs, stitching, making a face, all very useful.

Chapter Two: pp19 - 37; Large soft toys, Cuddly Koalas (16ins/45cms), Hippos (mum and dad 15ins/42cms long and baby (8ins/20cms ); Farmyard Five - pig (8ins/20cms high by 10ins/25cms long) and piglet(5.5ins/14cms by 7ins/18cms), sheep (9ins/23cms by 11.75ins/30cms), cow (10.5ins/27cms by 14.25ins/36cms), dog (8ins/20cms by 10.5ins/27cms); Penguin (16ins/40cms high); Cuddly Kitten (14ins/35.5 cms long) all made with fur fabric.

Chapter Three: pp40 - 49; Small Soft Toys - Eight sock animals each about 6ins/15cms tall, simple pattern shapes to make owl, chick, penguin, mouse, teddy, pig, panda, or a rabbit all made from stretch towelling socks; Jungle Beanies (Lion and Tiger) about 3.5ins/9cm long ; Four Small Animals about 7ins/18cm high by 8.5ins/21.5cms long - lamb, bull, donkey, dog all made from basic pattern.

Chapter Four: pp52 - 73; Large Dolls - Football mascot 21ins/53cms tall, felt fabric, plus patterns for clothes; Six stretchy dolls about 10.5ins/26.5cms high from a variety fabrics (gathered circles lightly stuffed)basic pattern then ideas to make that into a clown, super hero, cowboy, scarecrow, miss muffet, or cinderella; Jennifer Rag Doll about 24ins/61cms tall - stockinette doll with removeable clothes patterns.

Chapter Five: pp76 - 81; Baby Bunting Dolls about 7ins/18cms high with sleeping bags, stockinette or Tshirt type material; Snowbabies (white fleece) about 6ins/15cms high, christmas decorations or stocking presents.

Chapter Six: pp84 - 97; Toy Houses - Dormouse House, house about 13ins/33cm across by 7ins/18cms high with mice about 3ins/7.5cms tall, details for house and mice, ideas for furnishings and decorative details outside. Dolls' House (bungalow) about 27.5ins/70cms diameter by 7.5ins/19cms tall made from cardboard boxes, fabric and stuff.

Chapter six: Play Houses - Wendy House 57ins/145cms long by 41ins/104cms wide by 53ins/135cms tall made from fabric like a tent.Wigwam about 66ins/168cms tall to work with six bamboo canes.

Chapter seven: pp108 - 138; Sit-Upon Elephant 17ins/43cms high by 26.5ins/67cms long; Hickory Dickory Dock (mouse house and clock)removeable clock face and mouse house; Teaching Teddy 14ins/35.5cms tall with removeable clothes etc.; Punch and Judy Booth for children to operate, about65ins/165cms tall by 33ins/84cms wide by 24ins/61cms deep plus patterns for all the puppets; Nursery rug (in the form of a village scene complete with removeable toy houses, trees, train and little people); Easter Bunny Puppet 11ins/28cms tall - opening at the back to allow hand so that fingers and thumb work bunny's hands.

Sounding Boards: Oral Testimony and the Local Historian
Sounding Boards: Oral Testimony and the Local Historian
by David Marcombe
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Depends what you want it for, 15 Jan 2010
This is a slim book, 56 pages, divided into four chapters, (see below). The blurb on the back cover and the preface suggest this book will 'provide a wealth of practical guidance for the would-be researcher, whether they come from the standpoint of family history or community studies', and that it was written 'in an attempt to encourage more individuals and groups to involve themselves in the collection of oral testimony'.I bought this book as background reading for an on-line Family History course and found chapters one and three especially useful, although I could find similar information in various Journal articles. This easy to read book would be really useful if I was thinking of doing any sort of interview, perhaps for family history research, however as a 'to keep' reference book I find it a little limited. The following books were/are very useful as well, A. Seldon's By Word of Mouth and Elizabeth Roberts' A Woman's Place: An Oral History of Working Class Women, 1890-1940 (Family, Sexuality and Social Relations in Past Times)

Chapter one: pp1 -12, Origins of oral tradition; eleven references.

Chapter two: pp13 - 32, How to conduct an interview - locating respondents; structuring an interview; interview technique;storage, analysis and transcription.

Chapter three: pp33 - 45, Use and abuse of oral testimony; six references.

Chapter four: pp46 - 56, State of the art - where the study of oral testimony is now (pre1995 in my copy) and where it's going; three references.

A User-friendly Dictionary of Old English and Reader
A User-friendly Dictionary of Old English and Reader
by Bill Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good basic introduction, 15 Jan 2010
I bought this for my husband who has developed an interest in studying Old English in order to access the written word. He is not an academic, teaching himself from a variety of mixed resources and this book has provided a very good basic introduction. Although it is a small book and therefore limited in the amount of material it can cover there are things in it that are not in other books; so, all in all, it is a useful basic reference book. He has found Stephen Pollington's First Steps in Old English: An Easy Way to Follow Language Course for the Beginner(ASIN:189828119X), an excellent follow on.

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