My Miniature Library: 30 Tiny Books to Make, Read and Treasure is amazing to being with, but when I realized that Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini designed this fantastic readable craft, I was especially excited. Not only has Terrazini designed covers for Puffin's classic children's books, but she provided the stunning updated illustrations for Jane Yolen's fairy tale, The Seeing Stick. From start to finish, My Miniature Library is a marvelously designed product. The box itself looks like a classic children's book while the inside converts into a charming room with a press-out bookcase that holds all 30 books, once they are completed. Below are pictures from my desk as I made my own books!
Each book has several illustrations and beautiful covers. Construction of the books is well planned and quite easy. Using accordion folds and a little glue, the hardest part is cutting the page-strips and covers out in straight lines and creasing the covers smoothly. However, even without perfection, the books come out looking good!
The 30 books that make up the library include many classic fairy tales, a Japanese folk tale, a book on mythical creatures, the Jabberwocky, and non-fiction books like an atlas of the world, a book on plants and flowers as well as moths and butterflies and a book on the signs of the zodiac. There are also 10 books for makers to complete on their own! My Miniature Library is the perfect gift for any book lover, or for you to make and give to the less crafty book lovers among us!
More of Terrazzini's magnificent work!
Source: Review Copy