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My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy is a fun and engaging introduction to one of China's most celebrated arts and crafts for kids. Calligraphy&;the art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush&;has been around for thousands of years. In this fun calligraphy-for-kids book, readers will follow along with Mimi, an eigh- year-old, who takes her first steps towards learning this magical art. Dive in, and explore:The Evolution of Chinese Writing&;how Chinese characters first began, thousands of years ago, and how they have evolvedThe Order of the Strokes&;learn how to write the strokes in the correct orderThe Radicals&;what are they, and how to unlock their secretsThe Four Treasures of Calligraphy&; the four essential tools to get startedMovements and Position&;how to master your mind's focus, your breathing and even how to moveThe Five Styles of Calligraphy&;Zhuan Shu (seal), Li Shu (clerical), Kai Shu (regular), Cao Shu (cursive), and Xing Shu (running)The Eight Strokes&; how to draw the eight strokes; with them, you can write anythingWriting a Character in Calligraphy&;create an entire character in calligraphy The included interactive CD-ROM enables learners to play creative games to see, hear and try Chinese writing; listen to the pronunciation of the Chinese characters; observe calligraphers in action and print the characters to create practice pages."