Dominoes Around the World

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From King Tutankhamen to children today, millions of people have enjoyed the game of dominoes. Here is a clear and lively explanation of domino basics, along with versions of the game from countries as diverse as Mexico, Vietnam, and France.

Using both extensive research and primary sources, Mary D. Lankford has assembled a collection of domino games—including Blind Hughie, Matador, and Maltese Cross—from all around the world. She also provides...

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Overview

From King Tutankhamen to children today, millions of people have enjoyed the game of dominoes. Here is a clear and lively explanation of domino basics, along with versions of the game from countries as diverse as Mexico, Vietnam, and France.

Using both extensive research and primary sources, Mary D. Lankford has assembled a collection of domino games—including Blind Hughie, Matador, and Maltese Cross—from all around the world. She also provides challenging domino puzzles and an entertaining game of solitaire dominoes.

With Karen Dugan's warm illustrations, Dominoes Around the World offers hours of fun as well as an active way to bring other cultures to life. You can improve your memory and math skills by playing dominoes, but the best reason to play this games is to have fun!

Examines the history and basic rules of the game of dominoes and describes how it can vary from country to country.

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
The game of dominoes has been around for along time. Ancient China and Egypt both had versions of the game. This book is an effort, in the era of glitzy multimedia, to keep interest alive. The number of pieces and how they are marked is diagrammed. Next, the fundamentals of play are detailed. Then comes the geography lesson. Variations on the game are played in many countries; the countries represented in this book include the U.S., Vietnam, Ukraine, Spain, France, Cuba and Malta. Each country's game gets a spread, with a description of the local version of the game, a brief description of the country and an illustration of kids and/or adults playing dominoes. The descriptions of the rules of play are easy to follow and the art is warm and friendly. My only disappointment was that dominoes were not included with the book, so we ran out and bought our own set. My eight-year-old really got into the game, so we keep our dominoes on the kitchen table for easy access.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Part of a Morrow series on games and celebrations around the world (other titles are Hopscotch, Christmas, and Jacks), this accessible book provides an introduction to the game of dominoes, including its European history, details of the game pieces, fundamentals of play, and of course the endless variations. With the game, we crisscross the globe, from Cuba to Malta, from the U.S. to the Ukraine, from Spain to Vietnam. Dugan's illustrations provide windows to the diverse settings. Best of all, Lankford gives clear directions, so the reader can actually flip to a page and decide that, well, today might be a day for Muggins, or for Matador!
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Gr 1-5Similar to its counterparts, Hopscotch Around the World (1992) and Jacks Around the World (1996, both Morrow), Lankford's third title in the series introduces a familiar childrens' game as a global activity, adding a unique cultural perspective to a popular pastime. Colorful illustrations of domino players and descriptions of game-playing customs from countries such as Malta, Cuba, and the Netherlands are included. Several brain teasers (and a recipe for edible "disappearing" dominoes) conclude the trip around the world. While domino aficionados will appreciate the numerous variations, those who have never played should be equally intrigued by the variety of games, which include names such as "Maltese Cross," "Matador," and "French Draw." The cultural tips provided (such as playing very noisily, as in the Vietnamese version) will especially be enjoyed by children interested in learning the game-playing customs of different cultures. While perhaps best used as a domino-instruction aid, the information may be useful for reports and the clean, attractive layout invites browsing. Since few titles have touched upon the international aspects of the game, most of the material is unique. An appealing enhancement to most collections.Jennifer Oyama, Los Angeles Public Library, CA
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Primary source materials blend with the author's own research in this assembly of domino games and facts from around the world. From puzzles to games which can be played alone, Dominoes Around the World packs in fun contrasts between games and other cultures' experiences.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688140526
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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