What is most striking here is the abundance of photos (some in color) of resplendant examples of kite craft. There are classic Japanese and Indian kites, some elegant and ornate ones from China now owned by the Smithsonian, a variety of diamond, box, bird, lantern and other kites, and some created by artists and sculptors who never intended them to fly. Readers thus inspired can learn here of the history, aerodynamics, construction techniques and decoration (the how to of tape resist, batik, spattering, marbling, tie dying, etc. included here) of all sorts of kites. Supply sources appended.