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"Knots on a Counting Rope" is a miracle of children’s literature. The main character is a young American Indian boy who is blind, and the story is told via a conversation between the Boy and his Grandfather about Boy’s birth, growth, strength, learning and empowerment, preparing him to become an independent young man who will not always have his Grandfather around. If it isn’t clear by that description, the story depicts the type of issues that are pertinent to a child with a handicap, who lives a minority lifestyle – "on the Rez", and close to nature. It respectfully depicts a flavor of Native culture, weaving teachings about the continuity of birth, life and death, with teachings about how we develop important skills for living, and the value of how we tell our story. The illustrations are nothing short of remarkable, each page a beautiful painting saturated with light and dark and a muted palette that conjures mystery, imagination and reverence to match the dialogue. The dialogue, is honest, slow, filled with emptiness, and echoes of poetry. Based upon its length, this book is for elementary age children. I am going to try it with my preschoolers and will report if it holds their attention. Check it out!
From Publishers Weekly Gathered near a campfire under a canopy of stars, a Navaho Indian boy hears the tale of his birth from his grandfather. Born on a windy night, the child was weak and frail. In the early morning, Grandfather brought him out to meet the morning. Two blue horses galloped by, stopped and looked at him; the baby raised his arms to them. Grandfather said, “This boy child will not die. The great blue horses have given him the strength to live.” Named Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses, the child later needs that well of strength to deal with the fact that he is blind. Rand’s atmospheric, vivid paintings evoke the tale’s sensibility as they move it along. The beauty and vastness of the Western sky and the intimacy of two loving figures by a campfire are portrayed with equal fluidity. A rich tale of intergenerational love and respect, this is bittersweet and unsentimental. It is a moving collaborative effort that reverberates long after the book is closed. Ages 5-8. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Knots On A Counting Rope (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – September 15, 1997 by Bill Martin Jr. (Author), Review
As a child this was my all time favorite book. It is still in the top 10. Beautiful story, beautiful illustrations. Teaches several truly meaningful lessons. -Read Reviews-
I chose this rating for three reasons. First, I love reading of Native American culture as my mother always spoke of the wisdom of Native Americans. Also, Ted Rand is my favorite illustrators. He truly brings a story to life. Lastly, I love the theme of grandchild and grandparent. My own children were very close to my mother. My daughter just adopted a little girl who is part Native American and I thought this book would make a memorable gift.
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