Marbles: 101 Ways to Play

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9780688122058: Marbles: 101 Ways to Play

Traces the history of marbles and marble making, gives instructions for playing various kinds of games, explains related terms, and suggests further activities.

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Grade 3-6AThis compilation of games is guaranteed to make kids take a second look at their old marble collections. It offers everything from advice on shooting Mibs (target marbles) to unique games such as Old Bowler (Abe Lincoln's favorite) and Chinese Take-out Marbles. Fundamentals are explained in a preface that covers tactics such as shooting, lagging, and spanning. Black-and-white cartoons and a difficulty rating accompany detailed instructions for each game, and a glossary dispenses the latest terminology. While the illustrations only slightly enhance the text, the sheer variety of activities will be appreciated by children. Advice for starting one's own collection should also help beginners. Although other titles have chronicled marble usage, few have outlined as many games.AJennifer Oyama, Los Angeles Public Library, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4^-6. Similar to the authors' and illustrator's earlier books on jump-rope rhymes, party games, and card games, this volume introduces the many games based on marbles. It begins with a little history and quickly moves on to the types of marbles and playing surfaces. The book goes on to explain how to play dozens of games using marbles. Alan Tiegreen's line drawings give the pages an appealing look, while showing exactly how to do what the instructions describe. Children looking for directions on marble games will find the text informative and even entertaining. Carolyn Phelan

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