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 eight 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 evolved
The Order of the Strokes: learn how to write the strokes in the correct order
The Radicals: what are they, and how to unlock their secrets
The Four Treasures of Calligraphy: the four essential tools to get started
Movements and Position: how to master your mind's focus, your breathing and even how to move
The 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 anything
Writing 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.


  • Spiral-bound, 96 pages

My First Book of Chinese Calligraphy