Friday, March 18, 2011


By Heather Webber/ Heather Blake

The other day my teenage daughter came home from school with a reminder note written on her hand (she gets this from her dad--he does the same thing).

It said, "Hardcover book."

I asked her why she had "hardcover book" written on her hand, and she explained that she needed to bring one to art class.

Me: Why?
Her: To rip up.
Me: (Gasp!) Why?
Her: To make a sculpture.

Once I got over the shock of a teacher wanting a kid to rip a book to shreds, I started thinking this could be a cool project. They need a hardcover book for both the words and pictures. My daughter is leaning towards bringing a children's book like Make Way for Ducklings or If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Definitely not one of the copies we own, which means a trip to the bookstore, and not a used bookstore, either. I figure if some poor author's book is going to be ripped up, she might as well get the full royalty for it.

Now, if I can only get my family to stop writing on their hands...

What book would you use? I'd probably lean more towards a gardening book or a baking cookbook.

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