CHINESE WRITING: An Introduction by Diane Wolff

CHINESE WRITING: An Introduction

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Children who simply want to produce rough approximations of a few Chinese characters can stick with Kurt Wiese's You Can Write Chinese (1945, paper 1973); despite the similar picture book shape this is for the would-be calligrapher who is serious enough to contemplate the long years of practice needed ""to use the brush as the extension of the spirit."" For example, learning to hold the brush is a non-trivial first step in mastering technique; more important, a deep sense of tranquillity must be cultivated, and seven principles of stroke order assimilated. Wolff includes a ""dictionary"" of 25 characters with the stroke order for each, and appends the characters for numbers and months, An impressive, respectful exposure for the unintimidated--who will however need further instruction to achieve the proficiency Wolff will induce them to aim for.

Pub Date: June 2nd, 1975
Page count: 46pp
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston