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40 Knots to Know: Hitches, Loops, Bends & Bindings (Quick Starts for Kids!) Paperback – March 1, 2002

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-Scouts, campers, anglers, and sailors are just some of the people who will find this title useful. Introductory pages list and define types of knots and terminology, and a quiz helps readers decide what type of knot to use for specific kinds of tasks. The chapter on "Fab Five Knots" notes uses and provides directions for square, two half hitches, figure-eight, bowline, and sheet bend knots, one of which is likely to be appropriate for any situation in which a knot is needed. Practicing tying, even in the dark, is continually emphasized. The step-by-step directions and diagrams with directional arrows are helpful. Stetson's informal writing style sprinkled with comments about how and when she has used the knots will appeal to readers. The table of contents and index will guide those readers who already know the name of the knot they need; otherwise, it may take some digging to find what coil, bind, hitch, loop, or lash to use for a particular situation. All in all, a solid addition.
Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-6. One of the few children's guides to knot tying, this large-format book clearly explains and illustrates how to tie basic and more advanced knots. After an introductory discussion of knot types and their uses, Stetson explains how to tie her "fab five" basic knots. The rest of the selections are grouped by their purposes: knots for coiling, shortening, ending, binding, bending, joining, looping, hitching, and lashing. A short description of the knot and its uses precedes each set of clear, step-by-step instructions. The mildly comical drawings give the pages child appeal; numerous line drawings clearly demonstrate each step in tying every knot. A practical, accessible handbook for young people who are campers, climbers, sailors, or scouts, not to mention adults who wish they could remember the right way to tie the trunk down. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Quick Starts for Kids!
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885593708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885593702
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this little book of knots. I am not a knot expert but this book has many different types of knots for all the various occasions that I need them for. A few of my favorites are the bowline (creates non-slipping loop), Sheet-bend (ties two ropes together even if they are different sizes), and Half-hitch (hitches a rope to a pole). It's got quite a few different types of knots listed in easy to follow illustrations and directions. Cool!
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I bought this title for my niece who likes knots almost as much as I do.
Originally, she was searching for a knot to use to hang a heavy object on a plaster wall.

For more advanced people, I'd recommend the classic Ashley Book of Knots. But for a beginner, this little volume has good illustrations to enough knots to make it very useful for a variety of purposes. I even imagine that my niece's two grammar school girls can enjoy making the knots, because they are presented in a very clear fashion which makes reading HOW almost immaterial.
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My wife absoutly loves this book. She uses it to teach girl scouts how. To tie many different knots. The delivery from this purchase was much quicker than the stated time frame and the book was in perfect shape.
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My 8-year old grandson absolutely loved this book. He's been practicing knots with his Dad for some time now. The picture explanations in the book are easy to understand and follow.
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