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Life in a Watermill: A 3-Dimensional Carousel Book    by Tim Hutchinson order for
Life in a Watermill
by Tim Hutchinson
Order:  USA  Can
Trafalgar Square, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This 3-D carousel book provides an engaging and historical glimpse into life in an 18th century watermill. This is far more than a picture book. Open it and you'll find an actual model of a watermill folds out.

You'll discover a dozen rooms divided between three storeys. Once the book is completely open, remove the booklet that tells a little about how the mill operates and gives the instructions on how to put the moving parts together.

Besides press out play figures of the miller and his staff and family, you'll find grindstones, ladders, wheels and other cardboard parts that will transform this into a moving or working model.

Once assembled, you'll probably want to leave the mill intact and play with it. Although fairly sturdy, this is still a model you'll want to treat with care. Also, because of the moving pieces, this is not a book you'll want to give to any child who might be tempted to place pieces in his or her mouth.

This is an excellent way to show a child five years of age or older how people lived centuries ago. There is also a companion book entitled Life in a Castle, which is equally as much fun to assemble and play with.

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