Do your children enjoy writing? Might they be inspired to write
more seriously if you told them their writing would be turned into
real bound books? This kit will help you make bound books a reality
while at the same time creating lovely keepsakes that you can proudly
display on your bookshelves.
It's not just a book binding set, though! In the complete kit,
you will receive:
a wooden binding tool and accompanying hardware
2 book boards
an illustrated how-to booklet
a CD-ROM that includes the Binding Books Beautifully
Manual and a creative writing curriculum
a 55-minute DVD workshop demonstrating how to use
the book binding tool and offering many creative ideas
Throughout the spiral-bound booklet, the CD-ROM, and the DVD,
you'll receive illustrated instruction in how to use the binding
tool (along with your own fabric and story paper) to bind sturdy
books at home. The final products have a homemade quality to them,
but are still sturdy enough to be read and reread for years to
Also included are ideas for writing books with children. Mrs.
Cannon doesn't just give you the tools to create books; she supplies
you with a wealth of ideas for book topics that will surely intrigue
your children. Biographies, fiction, art showcases, family remembrances
and many other topics are explained with many prompts to spark
The booklet and CD-ROM essentially cover the same material, with
the CD-ROM including some extra ideas. Making interesting grammar
choices, transitioning through stories, and extra ideas for book
topics are some of the bonus materials on the CD-ROM. It also includes
12 writing lessons appropriate for 3 rd grade and older. In the
lessons, your child will evaluate other writers for usage of creative
writing techniques such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, and metaphors.
He will use these examples to use creative writing techniques in
his own writing. Other lessons include steps for writing a book
report, including dialogue in writing, and first, second, and third-person
The CD-ROM is my choice over the booklet simply because it includes
the extra instruction. On the other hand, it's a tad frustrating
to use since there is no page click option and the printing capability
is locked. You literally have to scroll down page by page in order
to find what you need, and you cannot print even the lesson pages
when you need them. The author has included her email address and
is willing to unlock the files for you, but this step shouldn't
be necessary in my opinion.
The DVD includes a live workshop that teaches you how to use the
equipment and gives you visual examples of books the author's children
have completed. I was very interested in the workshop, which apparently
lasts 55 minutes, but I was unable to finish watching it because
of its quality. After about the first ten minutes of blips, skips,
and poor sound quality, my DVD player spit the DVD out and wouldn't
let me continue watching it.
Overall, the book binding tools and written lessons are very useful.
I'm sure the company will work out its bumps, which will make the
program not only useful but user-friendly as well.