Ethiopian pilgrims to the Holy Land, Egypt, and members of the Ethiopian monastery of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians in Rome are all known routes by which Ethiopian manuscripts traveled to Europe as early as the fifteenth century, and possibly even earlier. Travelers, missionaries, soldiers, and academics later contributed to the growth of collections outside of Ethiopia. The three largest collections of Ethiopian manuscripts in Europe are located in Rome and London. Together, the 2,700 manuscripts held by these three organizations. Avatar: The Way of Water, with its skimming, gliding, and swimming creatures known as skimwings, tulkuns, and ilus, has now been seen by eager audiences after James Cameron’s new fantasy epic was released just in time for Christmas. These are just a few examples of the exotic plants and animals that can be found on Pandora, as seen in the $400 million sequel from 20th Century Studios that has flooded theaters this holiday season. In 2009, 13 years after the first “Avatar,” it returned to shatter box office records. To get ready for the sequel, read our guide to the creatures from Avatar and Avatar: The Way Of Water. The new book “The Art of Avatar: The Way of Water,” a new making-of edition from DK Publishing, lifts the lid on the blockbuster’s technological prowess and alien menagerie and dives deep into the laborious worldbuilding from Cameron and his creative team. To get ready for the sequel, read our guide to the creatures from Avatar and Avatar: The Way Of Water. “The Art of Avatar: The Way of Water” is a fascinating 256-page hardcover written by seasoned entertainment journalist Tara Bennett that delves into the intricate details of the popular sci-fi movie’s character designs, weapons, costumes, and storyboards.