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A String of Beads
     

A String of Beads

by Margarette S. Reid, Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)
 
Deftly capturing the young narrator's voice, Margarette Reid shares the pleasure that a little girl and her grandmother find in the variety, beauty and history of the many beads in their collection. Whether made from bone, wood or glass, beads have been used throughout time as a means of decoration and self-expression.

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Deftly capturing the young narrator's voice, Margarette Reid shares the pleasure that a little girl and her grandmother find in the variety, beauty and history of the many beads in their collection. Whether made from bone, wood or glass, beads have been used throughout time as a means of decoration and self-expression.

Editorial Reviews

Scientific American
These 32 pages open a path to mathematics and to human cultures for the read-to and start-up readers.
Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Kids love beads, but they are probably mostly familiar with "macaroni as beads" or the cheap plastic ones found in kits. This is a story told by a young girl who beads with her grandmother. Highlighted are samples of many different beads from all over the world. The ancient beginnings of beads, as well as the great diversity of materials used to make beads, is well documented. Various patterns for stringing beads are illustrated as well as instructions on how to make polymer beads. An addendum adds three pages of facts about beads. A must-have for any kid who is a bead collector, or wants to be one.
School Library Journal
Exemplary nonfiction in picture-book format. Interest in beads has been enjoying a revival for several years, so a good book on this level is long overdue. A young girl explains that she and her grandmother collect beads and make jewelry. Readers unobtrusively learn all of the basics about beads--who, what, where, when, and why--and are also exposed to cultural history, natural history, and even some math. The narrator speaks with a true child's voice, fresh and colloquial ("Grandma laughs at my shape names. Beads that she calls disks, I call Frisbees....She says a bead that is long and round is a cylinder. I call it macaroni.") Her simplicity conveys a sense of wonder at some of the remarkable things she discovers. Wolff's artwork has never been better. The cliche "a visual feast" truly applies to many of these pages, where beads of all types are shown, their variety a delight in itself. The book's design and layout are varied and playful yet cohesive, and the frequent use of black backgrounds complements the strong lines, adding an original and somewhat exotic look. Enjoyable in itself--and a superb starting point for any number of creative activities.--Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Scientific American
These 32 pages open a path to mathematics and to human cultures for the read-to and start-up readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525457213
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.78(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 9 Years

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