Petits Papiers a Decouper is a brilliant book that keeps children busy for hours. It is one of the best Do it yourself arts and crafts book on the market, a gold mine of beautifully designed patterns to cut, to fold and to play with. Children can easily follow the clear instructions and make Japanese dolls, finger puppets, decorative animals to hang from the ceiling, masks, houses, planes, etc.

I am not sure if that book has been translated in English, so it might be for French speaking children only at this stage.  Illustrated by Angels Navarro Eli Flos, it is published by Actes Sud Junior.

Actes Sud is a publishing house based in Arles (South of France), a little favourite for all literature lovers in France. I had my best reads within their collection of  books by authors such as Henry Bauchau, Laurent Gaude, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Pierre Rabhi, Khalil Gibran to name only a few. I highly recommend their Collection Jeunesse for little ones, if not to read (because of the language), at least to browse through, to find inspiration for authors and titles.


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