This beautiful book draws on Robert Race's extensive collection of traditional moving toys, looking at the ways the makers
have achieved remarkable and varied results, often with very limited resources. Each chapter begins by looking at the mechanisms
and materials used in some of these traditional moving toys, goes on to consider possible variations, and describes how to
make a related moving toy. It continues, from this basis, to develop a design for an automaton. The book shows that designing
and making these simple but wonderfully satisfying mechanical devices is fun, and that good results can be achieved in many
different ways, using a variety of materials, tools and equipment such as wood and wire, card and paper, bamboo, string, tin
plate and feathers.