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2 Books That Encourage Imaginative Play with a 3D Model to Build

2 Books That Encourage Imaginative Play with a 3D Model to Build

The Children’s Book Review | July 20, 2016

A T-Rex and a Butterfly spring to life in these delightful craft books for children.

“Encourages imaginative play with a step-by-step 3D model to build, and simple facts to learn, ideal for young naturalists. ”

Both books might require a bit of help from parents, as pulling pieces out of the thick pages might be tricky. But the resulting 3-D models are particularly pretty. The paper engineering of both books is quite clever. When you remove pieces, you aren’t left with gaping holes. The books can be read over and again, even after the model is built. It’s a sturdy cardstock construction that is perfect for little hands.

Build a T RexBuild a… T-Rex

Illustrated by Kiki Ljung

Age Range: 5 and up

Hardcover: 10 pages

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Books

ISBN: 978-1-84780-923-0

What to expect: Creatures, 3-D models, science facts

BUILD A…T-REX is a ferociously fun book. Begin you journey back in time with a basic timeline detailing which dinosaurs lived when. Newsflash: The T-Rex did not live in the Jurassic period. They lived in the Late Cretaceous period! Next, readers flip the page to learn more exciting T-Rex facts and get to unearth their first pieces in the 3-D model. And, much to the delight of children, when the pieces are removed, the dinosaur skeleton is left behind. As the book progresses, more pieces are unearthed for your 3-D model, as well as fun dinosaur facts. I was shocked to learn that T-Rex’s probably didn’t roar: they might have hissed like a snake! By the end of the book you will have built a terrific 3-D model of a T-Rex, perfect for your shelf. Highly recommended.

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Build a... ButterflyBuild a… Butterfly

Illustrated by Kiki Ljung

Age Range: 5 and up

Hardcover: 10 pages

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Books

ISBN: 978-1-84780-922-3

What to expect: Creatures, 3-D models, science facts

In BUILD A…BUTTERFLY, children are asked to be naturalists and learn about and build a beautiful 3-D butterfly. The story begins with the life cycle of a butterfly, from egg, to caterpillar, pupa to butterfly. Just as readers built the T-Rex, children will build a delightful Painted Lady butterfly. Did you know that butterflies don’t have two wings, but rather have four? Children will find the journey of the Painted Lady butterfly fascinating. Over the course of many generations, they migrate from the Atlas Mountains in Africa all the way to the Arctic Circle. The intricate design of the 3-D model butterfly is truly delightful and especially leggy. Highly recommended.

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About Kiki Ljung

KIKI LJUNG is a Swedish-Italian illustrator from Brussels. After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2014, she currently lives between Barcelona and Paris, and is studying for a Master’s degree at the University of BAU. Kiki’s clients include: Fred Perry, The Independent, The Washington Post, Penguin Books, Orange, and Samsung.

2 Books That Encourage Imaginative Play with a 3D Model to Build were reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Build a … Butterfly and Build a … T-Rex by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , and

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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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