Should you run into a rainy day at the beach, pull out Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild about Oceans, by Kathy Ross (ages 4-12), part of a series for kids wild about such things as dinosaurs, insects, and outer space. With fairly commonplace items (pipe cleaners, glue, laundry detergent bottles, straws, paint), kids can make crab puppets, sea stars, snails, pinching lobsters, and Styrofoam sea urchins. The water-spouting whale with a dish detergent spout looks particularly nifty. Younger kids will need an adult's help, but older children will have lots of fun following the straightforward directions.

Reviewed by Alice Cary.

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