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Serif Fairy Hardcover – May 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 12
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979048621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979048623
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE SERIF FAIRY is a delight from every aspect. Though conceived as a children's book, it is also a teaching tool of the sort that makes learning fun while challenging both the adult reader and the child. Writer and graphic designer Rene Siegfried composed this fable in German (it is sensitively translated for us into English by Joel Mann) as a studio work for a course in communication design, the challenge being to create a readable and interesting story while introducing the child in each of us to concepts of the somewhat obtuse subject - typography!

The Serif Fairy, 'a clever little letter-fairy', has lost her left 'magical' wing, disabling her ability to fly and to perform magic. She sets off in search of the lost wing, wandering through the Garamond Forest, the Zentenar Gate, the Futura City, and finally to Shelley Lake where, after falling into the water, she finds her lost wing and flies into the air, a revived magic fairy. Each of the images, from the construction of the fairy herself to the trees, buildings, bugs and animals she encounters are built from letters from the various typefaces (fonts) that we all know from the computer cascade of choices. Siegfried encourages the reader to find the various composed creatures and identify how they are created from letters by adding at the end of the brief book a concise but excellent description and illustration of each of the four typefaces used. Then on the inside back cover spread the designer shares each of the designed objects from car to crab with a simple lineup of the letters used in each composition.

The design of the book is clean, elegant, and very intelligently presented. Some will ask whether the book will appeal to any child (or adult) not involved in the graphic design business.
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I am a sucker for typography books, so loved the idea of this for my kids, but the story is meh, and the actual artwork is nothing to write home about either.
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By Ashley J Forgey on July 1, 2013
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My son is starting to notice differences in type, so this was a creative way of showing a variety of fonts in a format he's familiar with. He had a great time finding the different letters in each setting.
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By Stefanie LeJeunesse on January 12, 2013
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My partner is a middle school graphic design teacher, and I got him this book to add to his classroom library. It's definitely a niche book, and maybe won't appeal to people who don't enjoy typography and fonts and design, but we are not those people, so we think it's cute. The only bummer was that the book (which was supposed to be new) came out of the box absolutely filthy, and the cover (as you can see) is white so it's quite conspicuous.
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