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Secrets of the Karate Masters
     

Secrets of the Karate Masters

by J. Allen Queen
 
A blessed king who strives for peace and justice; the round table where only the most gallant knights may sit; the dramatic quest for the Holy Grail; a fateful romance that destroys a dream: the epic story of King Arthur never fails to stir the imaginations of readers everywhere. This outstanding illustrated version adds to Sir Thomas Malory's skillful recounting

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A blessed king who strives for peace and justice; the round table where only the most gallant knights may sit; the dramatic quest for the Holy Grail; a fateful romance that destroys a dream: the epic story of King Arthur never fails to stir the imaginations of readers everywhere. This outstanding illustrated version adds to Sir Thomas Malory's skillful recounting with original artwork that creates a unique vision of Camelot. Some of these breathtaking, elaborate watercolors and pens-and-inks have hung in museums, including the depiction of the Tintagel Castle, the Sword in the Stone, Merlin and Nimue, and Guenevere rescued from the stake. With remarkable accuracy, Anna-Marie Ferguson captures every nuance of the historical period-the knights' shining armor, the intricate architecture, and the English forests with their abundant flora and fauna. Yet she also revels in the fantasy, with mysterious and magical landscapes, misty and moonlit. These legends have always been a treat for the mind-and now they are a feast for the eyes, too. 8 X 10.

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Children's Literature
Obviously, there can be no substitute for taking professional karate instruction. But Learn Karate would be an excellent complement to a martial-arts course. The author, a longtime karate teacher, wisely begins his book with a discussion of the three Rs of karate—responsibility, respect and routine. Queen emphasizes the physical and emotional benefits that can be obtained from the study of martial arts and is halfway through the book before he first shows how to kick or punch. All moves are illustrated photographically, with boys and girls and occasionally Queen himself. The author is respectful of the karate tradition, and his reverence for the subject should affect young readers who might otherwise think that karate is all about being Jackie Chan. Without being didactic, Learn Karate shows kids that martial arts are, or should be, a lifelong commitment to education rather than a way to show off on the playground. 2000, Sterling Publishing, $10.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Donna Freedman AGES: 9 10 11 12 13 14
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Clear, full-color photos place this instruction manual a notch above the others available. Queen covers the basics of karate, explaining kicks, blocks, punches, and stances-many techniques that also overlap into other martial arts. Mostly young students are shown throughout; the pictures assist readers in learning everything from how to tie their belts correctly to how to do a roundhouse kick. Small-scale, black-ink diagrams help students place their feet in the proper stance, and additional tips on stretches, meditation, safety, equipment, and sparring round out the manual. Sparring in tournaments or forms competitions is also covered. There's little here on the history of martial arts or the variety of other self-defense methods that exist, but for self-instruction, or as an adjunct to karate classes, this book will do the trick.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806981369
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/1998
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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