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Children's LiteratureString 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.
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