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Children's Nonfiction Crafts & Hobbies

Pioneer Crafts

by (author) Barbara Greenwood

illustrated by Heather Collins

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1997
Crafts & Hobbies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1997
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Early settlers made the things they needed for everyday life. They wove reeds and grasses into baskets, pieced together scraps of fabric for quilts, and made candles and lanterns to light their way. Pioneers also made toys -- balancing acrobats, whimmy diddles and rag dolls, to name a few. With this book in the Kids Can Do It series, kids today can dye fabric, weave gift baskets or turn a piece of felt into a pair of cozy moccasins, and make crafts the pioneer way.

About the authors

Barbara Greenwood is an award-winning author whose books include Gold Rush Fever, The Last Safe House and A Pioneer Thanksgiving. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Heather Collins brings Come Sit By Me alive with the colourful illustration style for which she has become known. Her popular children's picture book credits include Whoosh I Hear a Sound!, The Bare Naked and A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840 for which She won both the Information Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award. When she's not illustrating in her attic studio in Toronto, Heather can be found spending time with her two children and her husband.

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  • Winner, Pick of the Lists , American Bookseller

Editorial Reviews

Classes studying pioneers are the obvious audience, but scout leaders and others looking for craft ideas will find this a useful offering.


Adults or children who have an interest in folk art or pioneer crafting will want this book, which lives up to the promise of its title beautifully in a gentle, thoughtful, ungimmicky manner. Author Barbara Greenwood has done her homework, researching pioneer crafts that are authentic, yet timely enough that today’s kids will want to make them. Clear, concise, easy-to-follow text gives just enough information and cautions where necessary. This book is a real pleasure.

Quill & Quire

Can you imagine not having a corner store to go to for milk, bread, clothing, tools, or anything else you need? The people of an earlier America had to use their ingenuity to make everything they used, wore, or played with. Making a cloth rag doll from scraps of fabric, soap carving, whittling branches into toys, and quilting are just a few of the ideas included in Pioneer Crafts.

American Bookseller

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