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Finger Strings: A Book of Cat's Cradles and String Figures Spiral-bound – September 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
String is to thick causing it to be difficult for smaller hands. Decent enough book. Although youtube is a much better resource for cats cradle :)Published 5 months ago by R. Sullivan
LOVE this book. Used it to teach 4-H Cloverbuds (k-second grade) some basic string games. They had a blast!Published 6 months ago by Inkspotswis
Advertised as including two strings, but arrived with none!Published 8 months ago by David Kokorowski
I am a cat's cradle expert, and I just can't understand some of the directions in this book. It could be clearer. Illustrations are hard to understand.Published 23 months ago by Little Dutch Girl
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. Read morePublished on July 19, 2013 by Doris Cleaver