Kids' Book of Chess and Chess Set

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Overview

Illustrated Chess for Children was originally published in 1970. Now renamed, updated, newly illustrated, and presented with a custom-designed chess board and full set of chess pieces, the kids' book of chess and chess set introduces kids to the game that's inspired passion and challenge for over 900 years. Fantasy art captures the energy and excitement of chess's origins-the medieval battlefield-while a direct, lively text explains the game and its pieces in light of history. Readers are led through the ...

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Overview

Illustrated Chess for Children was originally published in 1970. Now renamed, updated, newly illustrated, and presented with a custom-designed chess board and full set of chess pieces, the kids' book of chess and chess set introduces kids to the game that's inspired passion and challenge for over 900 years. Fantasy art captures the energy and excitement of chess's origins-the medieval battlefield-while a direct, lively text explains the game and its pieces in light of history. Readers are led through the fundamentals of beginning, middle, and end game, and shown winning strategies for offense and defense.

Selection of the Book-of-the-Month and Trumpet Book clubs. Suitable for ages 8-12. 792,000 copies in print. Illustrations by Kimberly Bulcken Root.

Traces the history of chess, describes the pieces and how they move, and discusses the strategy of the game.

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With a custom-designed chess board and full set of chess pieces, The Kids' Book of Chess and Chess Set is the perfect introduction for younger players to the game that's inspired passion and challenge for over 900 years. Ages 8 to 12.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
The clear text interestingly links each piece and its movement to the medieval world that influenced its evolution: the pawn's diagonal striking power, for example, to the medieval pikeman, who pointed his spike to either side of his protective shield. The new illustrations in this update are "the best diagrams I have ever seen in any beginners' book," according to a chess expert friend. Chess set included.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-- Instead of technical language and difficult diagrams, The Kids' Book of Chess explains all the basic elements of the game in a colorful, dramatic story of the medieval battlefield that the chessboard represents. All the pieces from pawn to king are introduced according to the role they play in the chess game and compared to their actual role in medieval life. How to begin the game, move the pieces, and develop a winning strategy are well described in clear, simple text; accurate diagrams; and delightful illustrations of medieval life. This a revision of Kidder's 1970 Illustrated Chess for Children (Doubleday; o.p.). New drawings, illustrations, and a slightly different format make this a welcome addition for novice and experienced chess lovers. --Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894807671
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/11/1990
  • Edition description: BOXED SET
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 269,679
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 12.13 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Harvey Kidder, a resident of Westchester County, New York, originally wrote The Kids' Book of Chess for his son.

Illustrator Kimberly Bulcken Root is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. She made her picture book debut with A Bed for the Wind. Her illustrations have appeared in The Nation, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. She and her husband, the illustrator Barry Root, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

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    Book is Good, the Set is not so good

    The chess pieces cracked after about a year of use is my classroom (I upper elementary school and run the school's chess club) and the board is rather cheesey. The book provides very basic information on chess - good enough to get you started (prefer "Chess for Everyone" for my students and getting a "club special" solid chess set). If you are looking for something cheap for someone who has no intention of getting into chess beyond the very basics, then the "Kid's Book of Chess and Chess Set" will do ok).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2005

    Book is reasonably good

    The book does a decent job of covering the basics at a kids level (young kids, under 10 will need to have a parent help with it). I would personally recommend getting a regular full sized tournament set instead if you feel your child is going somewhere with chess as the set is cheezy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2005

    Just ok

    I found both the book and the set to be ok but not that great. There are better books and sets available and though this may be a package deal, it may be convienient, but not the best of each.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2004

    Nice book, not nice chess set

    I liked the book. It was fun to read. The problem is that the chess set is rather cheap and and not well made. Consider buy the book separate from the set and looking for a better set, or just getting another book without a set.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2004

    Wonderful!

    My mother bought this for my four-year-old son and he loved it. He really enjoyed hearing the story of all of the chess pieces and then putting the story into action by playing the game. We now have to play every night before he goes to bed. What a great introduction to the game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

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    you should buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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