I have always been interested in beauty and the arts, so calligraphy has always been fascinating to me. And when I decided it was time to do something about my messy handwriting, this book was a tremendous help.
I first bought this book several years ago, but have since lost, misplaced it or given it away. As my handwriting has deteriorated from computer use and lack of practice, I felt it was time to get back to calligraphy. Imagine my frustration when I couldn't find the book! Now that I have it again, my handwriting continues to improve.
This book is very effective and does just what it says. It has clear, effective, and easy-to-follow instructions and excellent practice sheet templates. I've found that tracing the letters is the best way to learn how they should be formed, and this book makes it easy. The practice sheets are normal (8.5x11) size, so you don't have to mess with resizing on a computer or copier.
The results are pleasing and beautiful. And my everyday handwriting is more legible and pleasant to read, without looking like it was written by a high school cheerleader or an obsessive-compulsive neatnik (No offense to high school cheerleaders or obsessive-compulsive neatniks, it's just that that's not the way a middle-aged man is expected to write!)
The only negatives about this book are: (1)that it seems too short (it would be nice to have more information), and (2) that it teaches only one style of calligraphy. But, once you've learned everything in this book, you'll have a good basis for learning more calligraphy.
I sincerely wish that it was back in print, so that I could safely recommend it to anyone hoping to improve their handwriting or learn calligraphy. But, if you happen to find it, BUY IT QUICKLY! You won't regret it. (And if you do, let me know, I might take it off your hands!)