Presents a history of cards and card tricks, along with tips and easy step-by-step instructions for performing several tricks.
Children's LiteratureThe "Games around the World" series, of which Card Tricks is one volume, offers a low-key, multicultural look at some games and tricks designed to give young readers a chance to hone and exhibit their skills to friends and family. Each book starts with a short history of its subject illustrated with historical prints or photos from various cultures. Each ends with a section comprising a short glossary, some little-known facts about the skill, and a "Want to Know More?" section that includes books, web sites, and addresses of associations, museums, and festivals that might be explored with parents or even on school field trips. The pages in between are filled with tips, descriptions, and simple instructions accompanied by photos and drawings. The directions are clear and reader-friendly, giving the 8 to 11 set a chance to try a few basic tricks and decide if they want to dig more deeply into the subject. In Card Tricks, for example, the beginner learns how to practice "Finder Magic" and "Airborne Magic" and can ponder a spectacular print from fifteenth-century Europe where the card players look exactly like the face cards. Each volume is written by an educator with advice from a professional in the field. It looks easy, but some children will probably need assistance from an adept adult or older friend. For those truly fascinated by the skill, the historical pages and their illustrations are, as noted, especially intriguing. 2002, Compass Point, Talcroft
School Library JournalGr 2-4-These three books provide very brief histories and background information on their subjects. The first title includes just two tricks-one, a basic juggle with three beanbags, and another with spinning plates. Card offers a few tips and step-by-step instructions for four specific activities. Yo-Yo covers a few throws and explains how to do four familiar tricks. While Juggling and Yo-Yo are written in a straightforward, child-friendly manner, Card is a bit clumsy in some of its explanations, which may frustrate readers. In all three books, cartoon illustrations, full-color photos, reproductions, and archival shots provide visuals aids. Bobby Besmehn's Juggling Step-by-Step (Sterling, 1995) offers readers more examples of what can be juggled. Additional titles where budgets allow.-Jessica Snow, Boston Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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