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Fascinating String Figures (Master String Figures) Paperback – June 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Master String Figures
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486404005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486404004
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Myriam Namolaru on May 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book have 23 STRING FIGURES. You won't find here what you know already. This book is a compilation of six String Figure Magazine issues. There are three string figures invented : "Wheelbarrow" by Carey C.K. Smith (New Zelande); "Spectacles for your nose" by Udo Engelhardt (Germany); "Andromeda Galaxy" by Felix Paturi (Germany). The others figures are: Night, Twinkling star, Seven Diamonds, Polar Bear, Fox and Whale, Turtle (a modern figure), Baby being born, Cobweb, Catching a Cockroach (a trick), Hammock, Two eyes, Little girl with pigtails, Sandsnipe, Sun, Toad and a man, Swan, dog with large ears, Erupting volcano, Sewing machine and Two islands joined by a log. There are over 500 drawings. These strings figures are some easy, some difficult. All are very interesting and the explanations are excellents.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gwyneth Calvetti VINE VOICE on October 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book, a compilation of string figures previously published in the String Figure magazine, presents the string figure enthusiast with many figures that have generally not been in other more popular publications. The directions are very clear, and information on the source as well as interesting anecdotes are included for many. The reader will have their fingers in knots of many designs at a bargain price. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marnie Dimond on June 13, 2001
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This book has unique designs to create and explains each movemnt step by step. The designs are creative and will keep anyone entertained for long periods of time as they try to master these string games. The only problem I found was that the various designs required different lengths of string. I ended up making my own string lengths and they work out just fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Myriam Namolaru on May 12, 2000
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This book have 23 STRING FIGURES. You won't find here what you know already. This book is a compilation of six String Figure Magazine issues. There are three string figures invented : "Wheelbarrow" by Carey C.K. Smith (New Zelande); "Spectacles for your nose" by Udo Engelhardt (Germany); "Andromeda Galaxy" by Felix Paturi (Germany). The others figures are: Night, Twinkling star, Seven Diamonds, Polar Bear, Fox and Whale, Turtle (a modern figure), Baby being born, Cobweb, Catching a Cockroach (a trick), Hammock, Two eyes, Little girl with pigtails, Sandsnipe, Sun, Toad and a man, Swan, dog with large ears, Erupting volcano, Sewing machine and Two islands joined by a log. There are over 500 drawings. These strings figures are some easy, some difficult. All are very interesting and the explanations are excellents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "dhonnchadh" on July 15, 2004
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This book has a nice variety of figures in a good range of difficulties. The illustrations are generally quite clear. The written directions, while acceptable, are not as clear as in some other string figure books I've used. My major problem with the book is that the authors did not see fit to include written directions for some of the later figures, and they needed it. The pictures are clear when backing up the words, but cannot stand alone nearly as well. Aside from this, I liked the book.
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This book provides instructions for a collection of 23 string figures which are not generally found elsewhere as it is a compilation of figures from the International String Figure Magazine.

The figures are quite delightful, I particularly love the girl with pigtails and the Andromeda Galaxy at the end. Instructions are in line drawing and particularly towards the end there is very little in the way of verbal instruction.

The book is not for the beginner, for that I would recommend Richard Darsie's book, but there will be enough to keep any enthusiast happy for many hours.
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