‘Petit Collage’ craft book full of great ideas for adults

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“Petit Collage. 25 Easy Craft and Décor Projects for a Playful Home” by Lorena Siminovich. Random House, 2014. $24.99.

At first glance, this craft idea book may appear to be a book one could use to make craft projects with their kids. However, after further reading, it’s definitely meant for adults to create projects and pieces for their kids.

Since I am not an everyday crafter, I don’t often have fabrics and ribbons, decorative paper, various colors and styles of artist tape, decoupage glue, spray glue, wood, plus some other needed items. More importantly, one must own a printer/scanner/copier in order to create the patterns that are in the back of the book.

Lots of great ideas, not all are easily created, but the book definitely gives great instructions that can be easily amended into projects that you can do yourself with a little bit of tweaking.

— Anna Guerra, Denham Springs

“The Atchafalaya River Basin: History and Ecology of an American Wetland” by Bryan P. Piazza.

Texas A&M Press, 2014. $35.

This is a collection of more than 300 scientific studies of the Atchafalaya River Basin dating back to 1920.

It’s a detailed reference book filled with hundreds of maps, graphics and photos that capture the astonishing beauty and life forms of the basin.

The book begins with the history of the river, its interaction with the Mississippi and the ecological development of the basin over time, particularly the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 that changed the basin’s boundaries and led to the creation of the floodway.

Piazza ends the book with a look to the future. He notes that to maintain sustainable ecosystems, the basin would benefit from the return to something like natural flooding and drying cycles.

He lays out a combination of options including a large-scale water management model that would provide flood control but would also benefit the many ecological resources found in the basin.

— Anna Guerra, Denham Springs