String Games

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"A collection of easy-to-learn string figures and games. Step-by-step directions accompany the clear photographs of hands manipulating strings of different colors."--School Library Journal

Everyone loves Cat's Cradle, but that's only one of many string games--and these come from a variety of cultures and countries around the world. Some are great for a single child, others are fun for a group, and all are photographed in close-ups ...

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Overview

New in Paper
"A collection of easy-to-learn string figures and games. Step-by-step directions accompany the clear photographs of hands manipulating strings of different colors."--School Library Journal

Everyone loves Cat's Cradle, but that's only one of many string games--and these come from a variety of cultures and countries around the world. Some are great for a single child, others are fun for a group, and all are photographed in close-ups that capture the hands in motion. Get started with simple figures like "Jacob's Ladder" and move on to "A Fishing Net" from Sierra Leone or a "Butterfly" from the Navajo. Each game includes information on the level and the loop length you'll need.

Provides directions, illustrated with photographs, for making many different string figures--from the fairly simple Jacob's Ladder to more complex Mt. Fuji--along with information about their history and meaning.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
String games and figures derive from many cultures (Japanese, Native American, African, Pacific Island), can be created by one or two people, and achieve various levels of complexity. There is even an International String Figure Association with members around the world. Author Darsie is an aficionado who brings his enthusiasm and expertise to this spiral-bound manual for both beginners and more experienced artists. The text explains basic positions and moves, lengths of string loops, common opening movements, and some fairly simple figures for beginners. Then it proceeds on to quite complicated and often elegant patterns made singly or with a partner. Each figure is presented in numbered steps with photographs of the more difficult parts. For those who like to perform, some tricks with string figures are included, as well as some three-dimensional ones—"the Corvettes of the string-figure world," according to the author. While levels of Easy, Easy to Medium, and Medium are designated, all require motivation and concentration to master. Throughout the book, sidebars provide interesting information about the cultures of origin, famous people in the world of string figures, and supernatural beings like the "spirit of string figures" from Inuit mythology. For young readers drawn to this fascinating skill, getting started may be the hardest part. ... . 2003, Sterling, Ages 9 up.
— Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A collection of easy-to-learn string figures and games. After a brief history of the art, Darsie begins with a simple figure and progresses to those that transform from one shape into another. Additional chapters include games for two people and mystifying tricks. Step-by-step directions accompany the clear photographs of hands manipulating strings of different colors against pastel backgrounds. In comparison, Belinda Holbrook's String Stories (Linworth, 2003), illustrated with black-and-white photographs, is a collection of tales accompanied by string figures and shapes. Darsie's attractive book may fill a gap in some collections.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402727870
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 407,066
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2009

    incorrect description of product

    I don't have anything bad to say about the book - other then it does not come with any strings - as described on the website. After a phone call a "new" book was sent to me, only to be the same thing (without any strings). I contacted B&N several times in regards to the incorrect description of the book and attempted to get the proper book - to no avail. So - just as a warning - you will not received the strings with this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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