Knots on a Counting Rope

Knots on a Counting Rope

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In Knots on a Counting Rope, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault tell a poignant story about a boy’s emerging confidence in facing his blindness in this beautiful children’s picture book illustrated by Ted Rand.

By the warmth of a campfire beneath a starry night sky, a Navajo youth named Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses listens to the tale of his birth from his grandfather. Although blind, the boy learns that he has the strength to cope with his condition and meet any challenge that comes his way.

“The powerful, spare, poetic text is done full justice by Rand’s fine full-color illustrations…The love, hope, and courage expressed are universal.”— Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805054798
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/15/1997
Series: Reading Rainbow Books
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 62,854
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 550L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

BILL MARTIN JR (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer and poet, with doctorate in early childhood education. In addition to the beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Martin's books include Listen to the Rain and Knots on a Counting Rope.

John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who collaborated with Bill Martin Jr. and Ted Rand on several books, including The Ghost-Eye Tree and Here Are My Hands.

Ted Rand (1915-2005) was a prolific artist whose illustrations appeared in magazines, newspapers, and children’s books. In addition to his work with Martin and Archambault, Rand illustrated My Buddy and Salty Dog.

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Knots on a Counting Rope 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
4EyedReader 7 months ago
Knots on a Counting Rope, written by Bill Martin Jr., and John Archambault, and Illustrated by Ted Rand - is a wonderful story! Children often want to hear the story of how they were born - retold by a loved one, and Knots on a Counting Rope, is the imaginative story of a boy being told again the tale of how he was born - as told by his grandfather. The story the grandfather tells is a poetic journey, vividly illustrated, and one that has a great surprise for the reader! Readers who enjoy Knots on a Counting Rope, might also enjoy reading such stories as: Sees Behind Trees, by Michael Dorris; or, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble.
Janeece on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thos book tells about how a Native American boy relates and learns from his grandfather. He tells how each time the story has been told they toe a knot on the counting rope and shows how many have previosly been tied. This book is written in a poetic form and is full of detailed illstrations.I did not really care for this book, becuase I had problems understanding the way ot was written. But I did relate to this stor, because I grew up around a bunch of Native Americans and was exposed to alot of thier traditions.As one of my classroom extensions I am going to read more books dealing with the NAtive American culture. The other is to have a Native American come into my classroom and speak and maybe do an activity with my students.
lisabankey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels (Boy Meets World) read this story to us. Bonnie reads the little boys parts and William reads Grandfathers parts. These actors may not be as familiar to the students so there is less appeal with this clip. The little boy in the story begs his grandfather to tell him about the day he was born in the story Knots on a Counting Rope. Grandfather tells him and at times the little boys tells part of it. As the story moves along we discover the little boy is blind. This is good example of how you have to search the whole story for character traits, not just the beginning of the story.This is an excellent website to share with a class. It gives a summary of the book, MANY activity suggestions that encourage deeper involvement with the story itself or the themes of the story. The video is not just watching someone reading. The clips are artfully edited between the actor(s) reading aloud and showing the illustrations form the book (zooming in and out and panning across the page to emphasize details). Other great features of is it easily offers a full screen option and it also offers a caption option so you can read along!!!
JanaRose1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horses and his grandfather sit around the fire telling the stories of Boy¿s birth, his first horse and a horse race. Boy was born during a great storm and his parents feared the weak and sickly blind child would die. The next morning two blue horses galloped by and stopped to look at him, giving him his name. As Boy grows, he teaches his horse to run the trails until he enters a horse race.Neither the authors nor the illustrator are Native American. Consequently, there are multiple inaccuracies throughout the book. First, the dialogue is unrealistic. The language used is poetic, yet primitive, which depicts the stereotypical view of Native Americans. Also, a child would not be allowed to constantly interrupt his elder. Rather than being named after his first smile, a sick child would be named immediately. Additionally, a Native American would not say that ¿this boy child will not die.¿ Such a statement would be considered both an insult and a challenge to the spirits.The illustrations do not accurately reflect the Navajo culture. The costumes worn by the Native Americans are a mixture of Navajo and Hopi celebration garb. The hairstyles are certainly not Navajo. The Navajo wear their hair clubbed and wrapped. However, throughout the book the women are depicted wearing braids while the men have their front hair braided and the rest hanging lose down their backs. Stereotypically, the grandfather and Boy wear eagle feathers sticking straight up from their hats.
retired-elem-teacher More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite read-alouds for young children second grade and up.