Children usually associate masks with merriment and Halloween; thus the explanations and stories of the many diversified serious reasons for mask wearing will come as a fascinating surprise to many. Ancient peoples such as the Indians, the Greeks and the Japanese, and primitive societies in Africa and the islands of the South Pacific believed in the magical qualities of masks. Worn for disguise or transformation, for protection or religious ceremonies, this multi-purpose phenomenon was and is respected and practised. Each double page introduces another story of mask wearing with an accompanying photograph. Excitingly climaxed with instructions and illustrations on mask making this is most intriguing .