Grade 4 Up This beautiful companion volume to Alphabet Art (1978) and Number Art (1982; both Four Winds) covers the meanings of symbols and their importance in business, religion, music, astrology, magic, and the sciences. Each of the descriptive sections examines the history of the symbols and their uses, and the accompanying pictorial representations are elegantly presented. Fisher presents the material succinctly, and he has selected symbols that would be of the most interest to middle-grade readers. For example, the section on magic explains how magicians gained power in early societies and drew mystical symbols while incanting and casting spells. The selected artwork draws from a variety of cultures and includes an American Indian good luck sign, an Islamic magic circle, and a Celtic witch's foot. Dramatic scratchboard illustrations in brown on cream-colored paper preface each of the 13 sections in this handsomely designed book. This presentation is more sophisticated in content than Jan Adkins' Symbols : a Silent Language (Walker, 1978; o.p.) which is more fun to browse but which is not as well organized as Fisher's book. A good choice for curious students who enjoyed Fisher's earlier books. Lorraine Douglas, Winnipeg Public Library, Manitoba, Canada
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027352706
Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027352706
Book Description Atheneum. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0027352706 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.3003157