Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
In Jacks Around the World, Mary Lankford provides a brief history of the game in different countries, as well as cultural variations of the rules. Karen Dugan's illustrations both educate and entertain. The native setting is depicted as are details of clothing and physical characteristics of the young players.
Children's Literature - Catherine Campbell Wright
This book is a marvelous multicultural experience for readers who enjoy learning to play games and who are able to follow written directions well. It would also work for teachers who like to try different games in their classrooms. The game of Jacks is played all around the world, with rules and procedures obviously varying from country to country. In Brazil, the game is called Cinco Marias; in Thailand, its Maakgep; and in Zimbabwe, Iguni. Lankford has researched and assembled a lively collection of fourteen jacks-type games. Each game is introduced with a colorful illustration and a paragraph about its country of origin.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Mary D. Lankford's excellent books on games children play, Jacks Around the World and Hopscotch Around the World, eloquently illustrate how much children have in common for all of their differences. When they follow the clear directions in each volume, boys and girls will quickly discover that though some details differ, the game's the same.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4Langford has collected 14 variations on the familiar game. From "Otedama" in Japan to "Maakgep" in Thailand, detailed directions and rules are presented along with brief, interesting facts about the countries in which the games originated. The colorful watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations fill one page, with the text preceding it on the left-hand page. While competently done and attractive, the artwork is occasionally misleading in its depiction of very young children. The text is written for competent readers and the dexterity involved in the games also suggests an older audience. This sequel to Hopscotch around the World (Morrow, 1992) is appropriate for multicultural classroom units and would make a good teacher resource for indoor recess.Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT
From the author and illustrator of "Hopscotch Around the World" (1992), here's a look at the game of jacks as played in Hawaii, Texas, and 12 countries around the world. After an introduction to the game's history and basic rules, the book presents each version on a double-page spread with perfunctory information about the country of origin, the name of each game and variations, instructions, and a full-page illustration of local children at play. The softly shaded, colored pencil drawings, brightened with watercolor and gouache, create a series of inviting scenes. Although the children's clothing and features vary from place to place and while some play with stones and others with sheep's knucklebones, the book shows that all over the world children enjoy the same kind of play. A good choice for teachers seeking multicultural games as well as for children who enjoy jacks.