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


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  • Spiral-bound: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books; Spi edition (Sept. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863156657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863156656
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 21.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Myriam Namolaru on May 17 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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A very special book May 14 2009
By Myriam Namolaru - Published on Amazon.com
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.

The most important feature of this book is the binding.
The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat and it is encased with a wrap-around hard cover. Inside you will find two strings.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great game and fun developing brain for kids Feb. 6 2010
By K. L. Bridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent when you're ready for the "next level." Dec 3 2011
By The Big E - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
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.
SENIOR MENTAL AGILITY July 19 2013
By Doris Cleaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
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.
Great binding and great content. May 28 2013
By feeding occupational therapist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Spiral-bound
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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