Monday, November 10, 2008

Swords: An Artist's Devotion

Swords: An Artist's DevotionAuthor: Ben Boos
Reading Level: for all readers

Pages: 96
Publisher: Candlewick
Edition: Hardcover, 2008

I couldn't believe my eyes, flipping through page after page of beautifully rendered swords from many time periods and many cultures, how visually perfect this book is! No matter whom I showed this book to (HS students, MS kids, other adults) - the reaction was the same: an astounded delight at this Feast of the Artistry of Beautiful and Elegant Swords. I'm glad the inclusion of Asian and African swords and their histories (although would have like a more balanced proportion in treatment...)

This makes a great holiday gift for any child who enjoys this topic. The general and specific notes on various types, their usages, their histories, and those who used such and such swords are easy to read and absorb. But one definitely doesn't need to read all the text to enjoy the book.

I am so happy of this book's existence!

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  1. We displayed it as soon as we got it and I don't think it's been on our shelves yet!

  2. Okay, I had to reserve this one from the public library, since this is the second review I've seen. I'm not even that interested in swords and it looks very cool!

  3. Hi, is there an email address to contact this blog? Thanks, Shari

  4. I just accidentally find this Reading Journal and am very impressed.

    Wa...5 stars.

    I wish I can find it in Taipei.

    It looks so Elegant.

  5. Shari,

    Leave your comments about the books and my opinions here, and I'll definitely see them!

  6. I just saw this book today. I'm a pacifist, and I still found it gorgeous. :D