Books

Made By Hand: A Crafts Sampler

By Carole Lexa Schaefer
Illustrated by Rebecca Stadtlander

A beautiful, one-of-a-kind volume invites readers to marvel at the time, effort, and care that went into creating handmade toys, tools, and treasures of the past.

Whirr, buzz, hum. Before busy machines in factories turned out most of what we need and use, people crafted these items by hand. From a globe to a pie crimper, a butter churn to a rocking horse, this unique collection highlights fourteen one-of-a-kind objects — each one drafted, stitched, painted, or engraved by hand. Author Carole Lexa Schaefer draws inspiration from real historical artifacts to create thirteen short works of fiction, imagining the hands that might have made and used each item. Several artifacts can be traced to their origin, while others remain complete mysteries, making for a fascinating patchwork of fact, guesswork, and imagination. Illustrator Becca Stadtlander breathes color and charm into this handmade history, bringing to life the different objects, people, and times. The result is a singular glimpse of everyday objects and treasures alike — back when such things were made by hand.

  • A terrific gift for readers fascinated by post-Colonial/post-Revolutionary times
  • Tailor-made for classroom use, this inventive offering is sure to inspire children to write their own stories based on artifacts and to imagine life in the days when everything was made by hand
  • Featuring gorgeous "folksy" artwork perfectly suited to the subject matter, this volume is an ideal gift shop buy

About the author

Carole Lexa Schaefer is the author of numerous books for young children, including Down in the Woods at Sleepytime, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban; the board books Ciao, Baby! Ready for a Ride and Ciao, Baby! In the Park, illustrated by Lauren Tobia; and the Monkey and Elephant series, illustrated by Galia Bernstein. Carole Lexa Schaefer lives on Camano Island, Washington.

About the illustrator

Becca Stadtlander received her BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the illustrator of On the Wing by David Elliott, Things That Grow by Libby Walden, and Sleep Tight Farm by Eugenie Doyle. Becca Stadtlander lives in Kentucky.

ISBN: 9780763674335
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Dimensions: 200 x 270mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: In Stock

Last updated on 02/10/18 at 01:52:16
Copyright © 2007 Walker Books Australia. All rights reserved.