Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Pom-Pom Pets

Pom-Pom Pets

Larisa Brodman
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 6 to 12
American Girl, 2006   ISBN: 978-1593691516

Have you ever seen little pom-pom animals and characters in stores and wished that you could make some for yourself? If you have then this is the kit for you. Using the book in the kit you will be able to make eighteen different kinds of animals including a mouse, a camel, a polar bear, and an owl. Everything you will need to make several of these soft little creatures is included in the kit and best of all, three sets of plastic pom-pom making templates are included.

The author begins by giving careful directions to explain how the pompoms are made and how to avoid making mistakes as you put them together to create the animals. A section of tips will help readers see how they can make their animals look as good as the ones shown in the photographs.

Then the author shows her readers how to make each animal, describing what will be needed for each project and how to put everything together in the right order. Lots of in-the-process photographs illustrate the text and help the crafter to see how things should be done.

This is a wonderful kit for youngsters who like to make things with their hands and who like to have something at the end which they can use as a decoration, or which they can give to someone special. Once crafters have practiced making the pom-pom animals in the book they will be able to create all kinds of animals and characters of their own, using yarns and other supplies that they have picked up at their local craft supply store.