Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Review: Papercraft

Title: Papercraft
Author: Joseph Leeming
Date: 1949
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott
ISBN: none, but click here to see it on Amazon
Length: 84 pages
Illustrations: drawings and diagrams by Jessie Robinson
Quote: “This wallet, which resembles a real leather one, is made by folding a piece of paper. If you use strong wrapping paper...you can safely carry coins, bills and papers in it.”
Years before this book, Joseph Leeming wrote a book called Fun with Paper. He asserts that the seventy folded-paper projects in Papercraft are all new and different from the “classics” in that earlier book. In addition to the wallet, there are some origami flowers and representations of other living things, boats that will float if coated with something waterproof, boxes, gliders, pop-up pictures, whistles, optical illusions, puppets, simple papier-mache, and even a sundial.
Papercraft is recommended to anyone who has paper to recycle and children to amuse. It should be good for several days of frugal and wholesome fun. Tots can learn how to snip, fold, and paste junkmail; tweens and even teens can print, paint, laminate, and decorate their creations and have a booth at a bazaar or decorate for a party. 

Should you buy Papercraft from this web site? We have to charge the minimum of $5 per book + $5 per package shipped, and although this price allows us to send payments to living authors of books sold here, Joseph Leeming hasn't had any use for a dollar for almost fifty years. Papercraft was deservingly popular and is still easy to find at other online bookstores. However, if you buy one of the Fair Trade Books discussed below (or above) this post, or some other secondhand book by a living author, we can tuck a clean copy of Papercraft into the package. To order books here, e-mail salolianigodagewi @ yahoo.com.