What do you think of when you hear the words "boneyard" or "blank" or "pips?" If you think of playing the game of Dominoes, you are exactly right. Over three-dozen colorful dominoes grace the cover of the book. This first book in the "Games Around the World" series sets down the dominoes, shuffles them, and sorts them out on the way to explaining important aspects of the game. Sidebars offer interesting tidbits of information throughout. Illustrations and photos compliment the content while showing specific step-by-step instructions for playing different domino games. The history of dominoes and games from America, Spain and Hungary are included. A useful follow-up includes a 15-word glossary, some "Did You Know?" facts and additional sources of information. This book would be an asset for a classroom's math, history, or geography curriculum. It is also well-suited to teaching children cooperative learning skills. For game fun, pick up this whole set of books and add them to your shelf. 2002, Compass Point Books, $21.26. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-These books provide a basic introduction to each game, including its history and the variations found in different countries. Dominoes defines terminology and describes the materials used for the playing pieces. Subsequent sections describe block and draw dominoes, both American variations; matador, a Spanish game; and Hungarian dominoes. There is also a section about playing with dominoes as blocks, and setting them up to create the "domino effect." The instructions and colorful diagrams are clear. The Victorian-style engravings and contemporary color photos add to the charm. Hopscotch is similar in format. It describes three variations: potsy, from the U.S.; escargot, from France; and chilly, from India. This book also has color photos of children playing the game in several countries. Mary D. Lankford's Dominoes around the World (1998) and Hopscotch around the World (1992, both Morrow) are more detailed, include many more country variations, and might be appreciated by slightly older children. Jaffe's titles, with their simple discussions, will be an asset to collections lacking books in these subject areas.-Lynda Ritterman, Atco Elementary School, Waterford, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
After graduating from Brown University, Elizabeth Dana Jaffe received her master’s degree in early education from Bank Street College of Education. Since then, she has written and edited educational materials. Elizabeth Dana Jaffe lives in New York City.