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Earth, fire, water, air

by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Bridgeville Public Library Public Library Children's Non-Fiction JUV 398.2 HOF
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Public Library Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  JUV 398.2 HOF
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 398.26 Hof
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 398.26 Hof
Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 398.26 H67
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 398.26 H67
The ancient philosophy of the world as made up of four elements--earth, fire, water, and air--becomes a contemporary entreaty for respect for the natural world and our place in it.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-7. Hoffman combines history, meteorology, religion, mythology, poetry, ecology, and her own opinions in a highly readable mix. After an introduction discussing the way ancient cultures sorted people out by their resemblance to each of the four elements, she takes each element separately. The water section, for example, includes pages on water as a source of life, on the animals living in it, on Christian miracles associated with it and, on its place in other world religious traditions, such as the Great Flood and Atlantis. She encourages readers to "join in the song of earth" by getting in closer touch with the elements rather than remaining in their insulated houses. Ray's paintings magnificently enhance Hoffman's message with delicate details, intense colors (she changes her palette for each element), and her characteristic glints of gold embellishing each page. Any book tackling such an all-encompassing subject is likely to make small missteps (for instance, Native Americans are sometimes lumped together, and angels are not exclusive to Christianity), but few books for children attempt the richness of ideas and pictures found here. --Susan Dove Lempke"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hoffman (Amazing Grace) collects snippets of factual information, myths, stories, poems and musings in this fascinating volume about the four classic elements. At first glance the philosophy behind her selections may seem a bit heady, but Hoffman's inviting tone and lean writing style enable her to condense volumes of material from every age of world history into a relatively brief and accessible text. From ancient burial rituals to constellations in the night sky to legends of mermaids, kids will have much to mull over and enjoy. Occasional subjective comments reflect a general reverence for the natural world. Ray's (Magical Tales from Many Lands) exquisite dusty jewel-toned paintings complete this elegant package. The artist flourishes in her broadest scope of subject matter yet. Natural disasters, mythical beasts, scenes of contemporary children and symbols from various religions all have a home on these pages. Ray's by-now familiar folk art motifs and flecks of gold paint throughout give her work added vibrance. Ages 9-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Four elements (Philosophy) -- Juvenile literature.
Fire -- Juvenile literature.
Water -- Juvenile literature.
Air -- Juvenile literature.
Four elements (Philosophy)
Earth (Planet) -- Juvenile literature.
Earth (Planet)
Publisher New York :Dutton Children's Books,1995
Edition 1st American ed.
Contributors Ray, Jane, 1960-
Language English
Description 76 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
ISBN 0525454209 (hardback)
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