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The Art and Industry of Sandcastles: Being an Illustrated Guide to Basic…

by Jan Adkins

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This is the first of a series of neatly done books, presumably intended for children, but thoroughly enjoyable for adults as well. Mr. Adkins, a student of architecture although he apparently never entered the field as a professional, brings an architect's sensiblilty to, in this case, the art and industry of sandcastles. With his neatly drawn illustrations and his hand lettering throughout, you are immediately drawn into his personal and wonderfully perceptive world. Even the copyright statement, which is normally the publisher's boiler plate written in legalese, is here re-worked by Mr. Adkins into a humorous, yet no less legal statement of the intellectual rights of the author.

I first acquired my copy of this small masterpiece in the early seventies, shortly after it was published. Over the years it has been one of those books on my library shelves that I go to in order to escape the all-too-real world that surrounds us all. Several other books in this series -- books on tools, sailing, the alphabet, and others -- happily sit waiting for when I need to escape into this other world for just a bit. Thank you, Mr. Adkins, for inviting us into your wonderful world.
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Drawings and text instruct in building sandcastles like the real stone and mortar ones of long ago. Includes descriptions of castle life and explains the roles of such people as the master of hounds, scribe, and page.

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