Let's Play Cards: A First Book of Card Gamesby Elizabeth Silbaugh, Jef Kaminsky
This lighthearted introduction to playing cards includes the basics on the four suits, the cards in each suit, how to shuffle and deal, and the rules for five popular games. A friendly card shark named Cool Carl gives extra tips on game playing and sportsmanship. Full color.
Silbaugh teaches suits, number cards, face cards, shuffling, and dealing before progressing through specific instructions for five simple card games, including War, Go Fish, and Crazy Eights. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. Cool Carl the Card Shark, a cartoon character who functions much like the bugs in Cricket magazine, provides more detailed information about some of the games in margin notes. He also dispenses humorous asides and a reminder about good sportsmanship: "It is remembering not to gloat too much." An inviting introduction, this book looks pretty silly while conveying plenty of facts to those who are serious about their cards.
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