WOODLORE by Cameron Miller


Age Range: 5 - 9
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 An elegant and informative book about the art of woodworking, the varieties of wood, and their traditional uses. Falla's detailed, historically accurate illustrations show busy woodworkers in various settings--in interiors and exteriors, from the 14th to the 19th centuries, from Europe to China and the U.S.--in scenes of the finished products in use. Each of these is tastefully framed with the type of wood depicted in it. The entire assemblage-- picture and ornate frame--is photographed; the result is a series of icon-like compositions, each one devoted to a particular type of wood and its function. The rhymes about each type of wood--yew for longbows, maple and spruce for lutes and violins, beach for chairs, teak for decks of ship--that are printed beneath each frame are rather mediocre, but the detailed explanatory notes at the end of the book are a pleasure to read. These are full of historical information and descriptions of how the objects in the pictures are made. An original conception, masterfully realized. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-395-72034-6
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1995