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  • On the Use of Natural Materials for Toys
  • Preface
  • Translator's Note
  • Logs for Building
  • Pine Cone Birds
  • Bark Boats
  • Knotted Dolls
  • Simple Marionettes
  • Doll
  • Standing Dolls
  • Flopsy Doll
  • Hand puppet
  • Gnome Hand Puppet
  • Knitted Doll
  • Doll's Carrycot
  • Woolly Rabbits and Lambs
  • Woolly Sheep
  • Shepherd
  • Dwarfs
  • Cords
  • Woolen Bands
  • Cloths
  • Doll Room
  • Tumbling Mannequin
  • Knitted Lamb
  • Wooden Stands
  • Doll's Hammock
  • Suggestions for Advent
  • Play and Playthings in the Preschool Years
  • The Stages of Play
  • Sources of Materials
  • Recommended Reading

Title: Making Soft Toys
Author: Freya Jaffke
Publication Date: Trade: 1981
Publisher: Celestial Arts
Page Count: 80
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 6 1/2" x 7 1/4"
ISBN: 0897420446

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. This book doesn't really have any patterns to speak of to rate. It is primarily about turning a square of fabric into make-shift dolls and the importance of developing the fantasy life of your preschooler by not giving him or her too complex a toy. While there is some merit to this (everyone knows the old saw about the kid being more interested in playing with the box the toy came in), it means the title of the book is a little misleading.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions for the rudimentary toys are fairly brief and sparsely illustrated.

SUMMARY- There isn't much here except a good lecture on early child development. I was very disappointed and a little annoyed since I paid a pretty stiff price for this book. It was translated from the original German publication of 1973.