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Cat's Cradle String Games

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  63 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Play 40 terrific games with only one piece of string!

*Includes such favorites as the Winking Eye and the Fish Spear

*Make intricate, magical string figures

*Simple, step-by-step instructions

*More than 200 illustrations
Paperback, 78 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published 1983)
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Although I don't think this is the best book, I love the idea of it. It is a fun way to get kids to do something other than watch T.V or play on their Ipads. I think that it is fun to get some string and do different games with it. That is why I gave this book a 3/5. I think the art isn't all that appealing, but it is good. So I encourage teachers and parents to let their kids use this book to their advantage. So go for it, BUY THIS BOOK!
Feb 05, 2015 Merinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-studies
I grew up playing string games with my mom and siblings. I fell in love with this book when I saw it because it brought back all of those fond childhood memories I have. The illustrations and instructions in this book add to the clarity of the instructions, and these games can be quite entertaining for people of all ages.
Loryn Tindall
Feb 03, 2015 Loryn Tindall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-studies
This book is amazing! The illistrations are terrific as it teaches how to tie string into awesome designs. It also teaches terminology and gives a history of tying. It would definitely keep kids busy for hours!
This book has all of the string games / figures I remember playing as a kid, plus many I've never even heard of, including The Siberian House and The Japanese Butterfly. I've seen The Fishnet before, but never knew what it was. The book shows how to go from The FIshnet into the Eiffel Tower and then a Witch's Hat. Several of the figure instructions show progressions such as these. The diagrams are easy to understand (at least for an adult or older kids) and there are useful notes along with the ...more
Nov 24, 2010 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book! Excellent descriptions, clear directions and interesting historical/cultural tidbits related to string figures. This book has provided hours of entertainment for my children already. I recommend it for anyone looking for a non-electronic way to direct the obsessive compulsive little gamers in their lives. :-)
Sep 28, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy, childrens
I found this book at the library when I was a kid, and then I found it recently at our current library (which is awesome, by the way). I have a lot of fun with these, and my four-year-old, had fun seeing the figures, especially those that he could participate in. The instructions are easy to follow and have great step-by-step illustrations.
I never grew up playing string games so this was really interesting to me. I would keep a copy around for when kids think that all they need for entertainment is a computer or any electronic device. It was fun to look at things that seemed easy and to realize that they would be very difficult to do and perform.
Fred Mindlin
Jan 19, 2013 Fred Mindlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic by the master of the genre
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