"Schärer uses a collage technique to create her animal characters. First she selects a muted shaded paper and then works into the cutout shape of the animal with ink and colored pencils to create a fully textured individual. The backgrounds are created using soft crayons and wax; occasionally watercolors are applied in broad washes. The results retain their three-dimensional element and tactile appeal," from an online source, Project Muse, here.
I'll use this story with preschoolers to second graders.