EARTH, FIRE, WATER, AIR by Mary Hoffman

EARTH, FIRE, WATER, AIR

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Age Range: 9 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A book about the myths and facts associated with the four elements. The text is divided into four parts, each of which contains about nine chapters--ranging in length from one paragraph to one spread--full of legends, mythical beasts, magical practices, snatches of poetry, bits of information, rituals, and even news items from all over the world linked with earth, fire, water, and air. Hoffman (Boundless Grace, p. 711, etc.) enthusiastically pushes the message to protect the environment, and the assembly of material certainly makes for fun reading. Ray creates a kind of folksy surrealism, embedding stylized figures in textured backgrounds that contain gold dust, ornamental flora and fauna, and scraps of maps. There are a number of memorable depictions of mythical creatures; while the book is recommended for older readers (and is bound to enliven reports and presentations), the pictures are sure to make lasting impressions in the minds of five-year- olds. A genuine feast for the eyes. (Picture book. 9+)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-525-45420-9
Page count: 80pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1995




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