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Finger Strings: A Book of Cats Cradles and String Figures Spiral-bound – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books; Spi edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863156657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863156656
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The cat's cradle craze keeps popping up and this is the whole works. We start with a simple flag across our fingers and end up with wearable art. It can be an individual or a group activity - see the Five Person Star! There are even rhymes and stories to tell as you illustrate them in string. There are some scholarly notes which show how string games are part of many different cultures. An excellent 'cross-generational' book.' -- Carousel Christmas Guide to Children's Books 2008 'Children today sometimes miss out on traditional pursuits so it is always good to find a book that offers something a little different. This project book, complete with colourful string, is a great resource giving readers the chance to play games, make pictures and act out stories - all using string. Diagrams for over 80 activities are fairly easy to follow, even for an instruction phobic parent!' -- The Green Parent, Oct/Nov 2008 'Do you remember playing Cat's Cradle as a child? A new book - Finger Strings by Michael Taylor - offers step by step instructions for finger string games and comes with two strings. Why not relearn your skills and teach them to your children or grandchildren - or use them as an ice-breaker at a party?' -- Woman Alive, October 2008 'These are very clearly described and pictured, and there are examples of simple figures and some quite complicated. Some can be used in the telling of a story and others have a poem accompanying them; there is much potential for use across a wide range from playgroup to adult, and indeed some shapes have been invented by children themselves. The sense of achievement when the desired result is reached is very satisfying! ... It can be addictive: back to Jacob's Ladder ...' -- Diana Barnes, The School Librarian

About the Author

Michael Taylor is a teacher at Philpots Manor School in the UK who promotes traditional childhood games of movement and agility for the classroom, playground and gym. As well as string figures he collects and teaches clapping games, finger-games, jump-rope activities, ball-bouncing and bean-bag games. He always carries a string with him, and has been known to share string patterns with strangers on tube trains and aeroplanes. He is the author of Pull the Other One and Now You See It.

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Adults and children would enjoy this book.
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The stories that go with some of the figures are fun.
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The illustrations are clear and easy to follow.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Myriam Namolaru on May 14, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I have many string figure books, but this one is special.

First, the illustrations. The use of the colour is so good.
There are green arrows to show the movement of the strings,
and other green arrows that change to red to mean that a new string has been picked by a finger.
The final illustrations are multicoloured.

Secondly, the choice of the figures:
even the simple figures will interest everybody. The author knows how to introduce a story (flag and girl) or a little magic (necklace link) into the making of the string game.
There are many stars, not only made with strings (five-pointed stars) but also with elastic band (star in a star) and stars for two or five persons (big star)!
The figures that going so well with little stories (the sealskin house) ) or rhymes (nibble fish) (by Jaimen McMillan and Milly Reynolds).
All the people loves 3D figures and Michael Taylor puts also some.
The Eiffel Tower on four feet is fantastic and so simple.
I have kids and I know that they are always impressed by the
moving figures. The growing sunflower that changes into two men
(one with a big belly!) is the best.
You have as well what I call special figures:
the ringing bell and the Olympic flag.

Thirdly, the chapters: partner games (tortoise shell), tricks (thumb jump), string things (wrist watch), children inventions (trampoline), the very simple figures (dewdrops) include many figures old and new
that will enchant you.

Last but not least, the last chapter Stringing stories together.
Two long stories (The dragon, the Princess and Jack/Two brothers find treasure), a gift that will delight you.
Don't forget to read ideas for making stories and as well
the sources of the figures.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Bridge on February 6, 2010
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My daughter (7 years) has very much hooked onto this... and I really like how she can engage her little sister, adults and her own peers to play the finger strings. I remember doing it as a kid! It is also something that can travel-- bring the string and keep occupied anywhere. The book is laid out with very clear and easy pictures - and even better: stories and songs that go with the string that are easy to remember. My 4 year old likes to copy the stories... It is always amazing to remember and feel the beauty of storytelling with movements.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Big E on December 3, 2011
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I love to do string figures, and this is a book I return to over and over. It has just the right blend of beginner and advanced figures. The illustrations are clear and easy to follow. If you're just learning or if it's for a younger child, then the Klutz book is best. But this book is wonderful if you already know some basics and want to do more (both for older children and adults). I have had great fun using this with nieces and nephews ages 9-14.
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This is one of the best books on string figures which I have ordered. I will use it frequently in my efforts to retain my mental agility. More seniors should consider this pastime.
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Love the spiral binding. I will be using this in a school setting so it will take more wear and tear. Illustrations are clear. The stories that go with some of the figures are fun. Looking forward to sharing this old-fashioned activity with the kids.
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