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Cat's Cradle: A Book of String Figures Paperback – 1993

4.2 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Klutz Press (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878257536
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878257536
  • ASIN: B000JZBV54
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
We bought this on vacation for my five year old daughter, and it turned out to be the perfect gift. The pictures are clear--not just diagrams with arrows, but pictures of the hands, showing every little step. The string is included--an important point, since they fuse the ends of the string rather than tying them, making it much easier for little hands. Jesse was better at learning by doing than reading the diagrams, but she was able to use them to figure out what she was doing wrong once she had it more or less right.
The book contains five string patterns: Cup and Saucer, Eiffel Tower, Witch's Broom, Cat's Cradle, and Jacob's Ladder; though in fact Cup and Saucer is a stage on the way to Eiffel Tower. We found that Jesse could do Cup and Saucer and Witch's Broom just fine, though Eiffel Tower was a little trickier. Cat's Cradle was doable with some coaching--made a bit harder by the fact that it's a two person figure. Jacob's Ladder, however, is much more complicated, and will take an adult quite a few minutes to master.
Most of us, myself included, have done some string figures as children, usually Cat's Cradle, and I have to say I got as much fun out of this as Jesse. But Jesse had fun too--the string is brightly coloured and the string figures are good, strong simple shapes. It was days before she stopped showing off her "Cup and Saucer" to us!
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This is a fabulous book with bright colors and fun artwork. The directions are easy to follow and everyone can be successful when trying these string games. I have used this book to teach large groups of people how to play string games and they loved it. This is a good book for anyone interested in learning basic string games. The book came with a string to make the designs, so you don't have to make one.
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While I can't follow the simplest of written directions, apparently, my 10 year old daughter can. She sat down with the book an the string and within minutes, was showing me all sorts of different cats cradles, including a very complicated looking Jacob's Ladder. My only wish is that they would include more than one string for the cat's cradle as well, it's a kids book, and kids lose things :)
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By A Customer on June 2, 2003
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Got this 'used/3rd party' for a great price and we love this. It's got all the old ones from when I grew up and couldn't remember, and my 9-year-old taught herself and is teaching me.
Great binding. Excellent thing to do while waiting and for fine motor skills development. Good quiet time activity. Well worth it.
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Fail! -- the photo is of the original with hard cover and spiral bound book. The description includes the dyed string. So I ordered thinking I was getting a good quality product. The string is just thrown into the plastic wrap around the book. It is just plain white. The book itself is not as seen on the Amazon site either. The book is printed on glossy paper and binding is just glued - easy to fall apart - not spiral bound per the photo. What I had thought was a nice gift has the appearance of a cheap knock off.
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Doing the string figures became a fad at my six year old daughter's school, so of course she had to learn to do them. Within a few hours of getting this book she taught herself all five of the included figures, and quickly became facile enough with the process to pick up new one's from her friends. The book definitely exceeded my expectations.
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Cat's Cradle is a fun game for kids of all ages. But save some money if you already know how to do the Cat's Cradle - just get some string and show your kids how to do it. The book wasn't necessary. I gave it to my daughter for Christmas. Once I showed her how, the book has been forgotten and I am waiting for the string to pull apart. It looks like they took 3 different color strings (which looks good) and hot glue gunned them together at the ends. I will have to look through the book and see if there is anything else I can do with the string, other than play the cats cradle.
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I came back here to double check what I ordered, because after getting it in the mail, it didn't look quite right. And look at that, a few reviews have come in recently saying the same thing as me... the version I received had white glow in the dark string and wasn't spiral bound.
However, if you read these negative reviews and you are ok with the glow string and non spiral bound book, then you'll be happy with it. I'm just mad at the bait and switch and since I ordered 2 for 2 birthday parties this weekend, I don't have time to replace them.
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